Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Border row short-lived




Border row short-lived

Border row short-lived

The unexplained cutting of a lock on a gate leading to the Preah Vihear temple by a group of Thai soldiers, police and civilians on Thursday will not impact the withdrawal of Cambodian troops from the disputed border, a commander from the region said yesterday.

General Srey Doek, commander of RCAF Intervention Division 3, said the Thai military had apologised for the incident, which happened about 12:30pm, and two Thai military officials had replaced the lock by 6:30am yesterday, though it was still unclear why the group had acted in the first place.

“There is no influence on Cambodian troop withdrawal. There is no tension between both sides,” Doek said.

Sporadic skirmishes occurred on the border between 2008 and 2011 after the long-disputed temple was listed as a Cambodian UNESCO site against Thailand’s wishes.

The RCAF is currently reducing the number of troops on the border in line with the 2013 ruling that gave Cambodia sovereignty over the 11-century temple and the surrounding promontory but still left a large area in dispute.

MOST VIEWED

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • Vietnamese land-grabbers held

    Following a provincial court order, Ratanakkiri Military Police on April 16 arrested 12 Vietnamese nationals accused of crossing the border into Cambodia and illegally clearing forest land. The accused are now being detained at Phnom Svay prison in the province. Ratanakkiri military police commander Thav Yen told

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s