Preah Vihear hostilities declared at end

At last! After 13 months, it looks like the Thai and Cambodian armies facing off at Preah Vihear have agreed to end hostilities and abide by a new border demarcating the territories.

Peace at Preah Vihear: army
Phnom Penh Post, 25 August 2009

Cambodia to cut troop numbers at temple site disputed by Thailand
The Nation, 25 August 2009

Thai, Cambodian army chiefs say temple hostilities over
Monsters & Critics, 25 August 2009

Border troops to stand down as Preah Vihear conflict cools
Phnom Penh Post, 24 August 2009

SENIOR military leaders from the Thai and Cambodian armed forces declared an official end to hostilities on the border at Preah Vihear on Monday, stating the shared goal of “peace and solidarity”.

In a pivotal meeting between the neighbouring countries, staged at the headquarters of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, commanders from both sides said they drew a definitive line under the territorial dispute that has been simmering for decades.

Addressing an assembled crowd of military dignitaries, representatives of the once-feuding forces – seven of whom have been killed in skirmishes since the conflict entered its most recent phase in July 2008 – heralded a new spirit of cooperation.


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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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