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16 October 2008 :: 07:10:16 am 41147

Fighting Stops, two Cambodian Soldiers Killed, 5 Thais Injured

BANGKOK, Oct 15 - Two Cambodians were killed, five Thai soldiers were wounded after a battle along a disputed stretch of border near Preah Vihear temple, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said.
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Thailand delivered an aide memoire to Cambodia’s charge d’affairs on Wednesday to protest the firefight.

Cambodian authorities reportedly said two others were wounded in a brief exchange with Thai troops Wednesday afternoon.

The Associated Press quoted Hor Namhong as saying the 10 Thai soldiers surrendered, were being well-treated, and would be returned to Thailand.

Thai army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Cambodia opened fire first. The incident resulted in two Cambodian soldiers killed and five Thais injured, in the fighting over a disputed area of land near the Thai-Cambodian border.

“Now we are trying to contain the scale of the fight and prevent it from escalating,” said Col. Sansern.

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered an aide-memoire to Cambodia’s charge d’affaires on Wednesday to protest a border gun battle over disputed land near ancient Preah Vihear temple, saying Cambodia had violated Thailand?s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Virasakdi Futrakul summoned Cambodia?s charge d?affaires Ouk Sophoin to deliver Thailand?s aide-memoire, which stated Thai soldiers were shot at by Cambodian soldiers while patrolling the area along the Thai-Cambodian border. “The Thai government considers the intrusion of the Cambodian soldiers into Thailand’s territory as well as the shooting at the Thai soldiers a serious violation of Thailand’s sovereignty and territory integrity as well as the commission of an act of aggression in blatant violation of international law,” said the aide memoire.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian charge d?affairs also handed over a protest letter to the Thai foreign ministry over the border skirmish.

Thai Foreign Minister Sompong Amornvivat revealed that Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong talked to him by telephone on Wednesday morning. Both sides expressed regret over the border row and confirmed to adopt a peaceful means to end the dispute.

Thailand and Cambodia will hold bilateral talks to end the border row, said the Thai foreign minister, adding that he would seek approval of an operational framework under the Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) from the parliament.

Department of Information director-general and Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat said he was informed by the Thai military that small arms and rocket-propelled grenades were used in the clash between Thai and Cambodian soldiers. Mr. Tharit said that Thai soldiers confirmed that they would not begin any shooting, but they are prepared to counterattack to defend themselves.

He said prompt evacuation depends on the situation. There are about 1,000 Thai nationals in Phnom Penh and about 500 Thais in Siem Reap. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cooperating with Thai Airways to prepare for possible evacuation, he said, adding three flights can be arranged in a day. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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