Thai troops back in Ta Moan temple in apparent back track

The Phnom Penh posts reports that Thai soldiers have once again restricted access to the second border temple in an apparent backtrack from an agreement reached last week.

Thais back at Ta Moan Thom temple as border row simmers

Phnom Penh Post, 11 august 2008

THAI soldiers have reoccupied the Ta Moan Thom temple and have prohibited Cambodian soldiers, government officials and journalists from entering the site, breaking an agreement reached a week ago that they would withdraw.

“Thai soldiers returned to the disputed site on August 8,” Ho Bunthy, deputy commander of Border Military Unit 402, said Sunday. “They have closed the gate to the temple. Only a few Cambodian civilians are allowed access and Cambodian soldiers who want to get into the temple must be wearing civilian clothes.”

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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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