Preah Vihear: Ceasefire brokered

The Phnom Penh Post reports that a ceasefire has been brokered between the Thai and the Cambodian forces over recent fighting near the Preah Vihear temple. Weapons fire from the last round of fighting reportedly damaged the ancient temple and the prolonged dispute has strained relations between both countries.

Preah Vihear, wikicommons image

Border ceasefire brokered
Phnom Penh Post, 20 February 2011

Cambodian and Thai military commanders have reportedly agreed to a ceasefire in the disputed areas close to Preah Vihear temple, after clashes in the area earlier this month left at least 10 people dead and dozens injured on both sides.

Touch Ra, deputy chief of the border relations office in Oddar Meanchey province, said today that military commanders from the two sides met for a two-hour closed-door meeting on Saturday attended by Hun Manet, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son.

“The result of the meeting has not been revealed as it was held secretly,” Touch Ra said.

But he added that since the meeting was conducted, the situation along the border has returned to normal.

“Most of the people have returned to their homes and are continuing with their businesses.

Reads more on the Phnom Penh Post.


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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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