THE Cambodian army has cut the Khmer Rouge's internal supply line in the
country's far north Preah Vihear province, a senior army commander
"They cannot get supplies from the Cambodian side anymore,"
Lieutenant General Khann Sovoern said late last month.
estimated 2,000 rebel guerrillas in the province could get supplies from
Thailand, they could not survive for more than a month, he said.
believed they would be able to secure supplies from Thailand.
the government said it had captured a key KR base at Preah Ponleu, 20km west of
the ancient Preah Vihear temple on the Thai border.
Ieng Mouly said that capture could clear the way for the Royal Cambodian Armed
Forces to take the KR-occupied temple.
"It's a very big base and if we
can keep the base we can go to Preah Vihear," he said.
But Lt Gen Sovoern
denied any imminent plans to try to retake the temple by military means, saying:
"We're trying to do everything which does not affect or damage the
The 10th century temple, located on an almost sheer clifftop and
readily accessible only from Thailand, has long been a symbol of Cambodian
Previously claimed by Thailand, it was given back to
Cambodia in the 1960s. It has been occupied by KR guerrillas since last
Thai military personnel on the border said that fighting between
the Cambodian army and the KR had taken place 5-10km from the
Thailand's government has lodged a protest about shells allegedly
fired from the RCAF landing on Thai soil in the conflict.
Thai military source told Reuters that Thai army engineers working near the
border have accidentally unearthed an arms cache apparently buried by KR
An underground chamber containing about 50 mortar bombs, 65
rocket-propelled grenades and a large amount of fuses and gunpowder was found at
Koh Maung village on Thai territory.
The source said the weapons were
probably hidden by KR on Thai soil to avoid detection by RCAF patrols.