Preah Vihear border to be opened this weekend?

It appears that Thai and Cambodian troops are preparing to withdraw from the disputed border area around Preah Vihear, with the border crossing to be open as early as this weekend!

Temple border crossing to reopen
AFP, via Straits Times, 29 November 2010

Disputed border set to reopen
Phnom Penh Post, 29 november 2010

Cambodia plans to reopen a border gate with neighbouring Thailand at a disputed temple this weekend, officials said on Monday, indicating a thaw in relations between the two countries.

‘I hope the gate will be opened very soon,’ said general Chea Tara, a Cambodian deputy commander-in-chief who oversees the troop operation at the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodian and Thai troops were working ‘on a good solution to resolve the problems along the border”, Gen Chea Tara told AFP by telephone.

Cambodia closed the gate after Thai protesters rallied near the ruins in June 2008, but an official at the Preah Vihear authority, a government-run agency managing the temple, said there was a plan to open the gate on Sunday.

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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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