A tense – but short – faceoff ensued on Wednesday when Thai troops allegedly crossed over into the disputed zone surrounding Preah Vihear. No conflict ensued but the confrontation is a reminder of the unresolved border spat between Thailand and Cambodia.

Thai, Cambodian troops face off again near temple

25 March 2009

Thai and Cambodian soldiers faced each other near a 900-year-old Hindu temple on their disputed border on Wednesday, but both sides pledged to avoid a repeat of last year’s armed clashes.

Tensions rose when 100 Thai troops crossed into a disputed area near the Preah Vihear temple and were stopped by Cambodian soldiers, Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said.

“We are trying to push the Thais back to their border through negotiation. We do not want violence again,” he said, referring to a firefight that killed 4 soldiers last October.

Thailand’s military commander in the area said the troop movements were routine.

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