Thailand, Cambodia cool temple dispute

August 6, 2008 at 3:05 am Leave a comment

CCTV International – August 06, 2008

Thailand has agreed to pull back some of its soldiers from the Preah Vihear temple on the disputed border with Cambodia. The two countries have also agreed not to dispatch troops to a second disputed ruin on their border.

The Thai government will withdraw some of its troops from the ancient Preah Vihear temple, but no timetable or troop numbers have been released.

In July, Cambodia and Thailand began a military standoff over the temple. Historically, both countries have laid claim to the 11th century temple.

In 1962, the International Court of Justice decided the temple was in Cambodia. This has rankled Thailand ever since. The dispute flared up last month when UNESCO approved Cambodia’s application to make the complex a World Heritage Site.

Last week, the two countries agreed to redeploy their troops at the temple to reduce tensions, but neither side made the first move until Tuesday.

About 800 troops from Cambodia and 400 from Thailand remain in the area surrounding the temple.

Now, the two countries have exchanged claims over the 13th century Ta Muen Thom ruins, a second disputed temple on their border.

Cambodia accuses Thailand of sending soldiers to the site last week. The Thai military says their troops have been in the area for years.

The Ta Muen Thom temple is about 100 kilometers west of Preah Vihear.

Not as well known, Ta Moan Thom is another example of the architectural wonders of the ancient Khmer empire.

 

Editor:Gao Jia

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