Tensions over second temple ease in Cambodia

August 6, 2008 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Radio Australia – August 06, 2008

Cambodia and Thailand say tensions over a second disputed Khmer ruin on their joint border has been resolved and troops have returned to their stations.

The Ta Muen Thom ruins are about 130 kilometres west of the better known Preah Vihear temple and are currently under Thai control.

On Sunday Cambodian officials said Thai soldiers had prevented their troops from entering the temple compound for religious worship, while Thailand’s military chief demanded that Cambodia withdraw its forces from near the area.

Tensions between the neighbours flared last month when the Preah Vihear temple was listed as a UN heritage site, angering nationalists in Thailand.

Thailand’s cabinet has agreed in principle to pull back some troops from near the Preah Vihear temple, although no timescale has been set.

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