Royal Cambodian Armed Forces commanders are dismissing a local media report that a Thai military aircraft violated Cambodia’s airspace near the disputed territory of the Preah Vihear temple on Saturday.
“No, it is not the truth; if there is a Thai military aircraft flying along the border, they would send us a message,” said Lieutenant General Siek Socheat, chief of the Cambodia-Thai Border Communications office. Major General Chea Morn, RCAF commander of Region 4, also said he wasn’t aware of any flights.
According to DAP Online news, a Thai military aircraft flew over the area twice on April six, first in the morning and then in the afternoon Srey Doek, an RCAF commander based in the vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple, declined to comment.
Ahead of next week’s International Court of Justice hearings over a disputed 4.6-square-kilometre area adjacent to the Cambodian-owned temple, tensions have been building on both sides of the border, though a disproportionate amount of the political passion is in Thailand.
Protesters in the south of the country travelled to a national park next to the temple to broadcast their rejection of the international court’s jurisdiction over the dispute. Thai authorities stopped them as they were moving in the direction of the contested land, according to the Bangkok Post.