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.
Phnom Penh Post, 25 August 2009
The Nation, 25 August 2009
Thai, Cambodian army chiefs say temple hostilities over
Monsters & Critics, 25 August 2009
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.