Thai troops withdraw from Preah Vihear – or have they?

Reports started coming yesterday afternoon (local time) about how the Thai troops stationed around the disputed temple of Preah Vihear have withdrawn, after an ultimatum set by the Cambodian Prime Minister. However, one conflicting report emerged that said Thailand’s troops did not withdraw.

Thailand ‘pulls back’ from border
BBC, 14 October 2008

Cambodia says Thai troops have left disputed territory
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 14 October 2008

Thai Troops Withdraw From Border After Cambodian PM Issues Deadline
Bernama, 14 October 2008

Thailand Won’t Withdraw Troops From Disputed Area With Cambodia
Bernama, 14 October 2008

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.