Cambodia hands Thailand a US$2 million bill

A diplomatic note sent from Cambodia is billing Thailand $2 million for damages suffered during the most recent firefight at the Preah Vihear temple in early April. Rockets allegedly fired from the Thai troops destroyed a Cambodian market next to the controversial World Heritage Site.

Cambodia tells Thailand to compensate for damage in border disputes
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 12 May 2009

Absurd demand prolongs border dispute
The Nation, 13 May 2009

Cambodia has demanded that Thailand pay more than two million dollars in compensation for damage caused by deadly border clashes last month, according to a diplomatic note seen on Tuesday.

Seven Thai and Cambodian troops have been killed in recent months during sporadic outbursts of violence between the neighbouring countries on disputed land around the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.

In the latest clashes on April 3, three Thai soldiers were killed and a Cambodian market next to the temple ruins was burned down when Thai forces fired rockets over the border.


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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.

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