Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rebels looking isolated around Preah Vihear

Rebels looking isolated around Preah Vihear

Rebels looking isolated around Preah Vihear

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

said.

"They cannot get supplies from the Cambodian side anymore,"

Lieutenant General Khann Sovoern said late last month.

Unless the

estimated 2,000 rebel guerrillas in the province could get supplies from

Thailand, they could not survive for more than a month, he said.

But he

believed they would be able to secure supplies from Thailand.

Meanwhile,

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.

Information Minister

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

temple."

The 10th century temple, located on an almost sheer clifftop and

readily accessible only from Thailand, has long been a symbol of Cambodian

nationalism.

Previously claimed by Thailand, it was given back to

Cambodia in the 1960s. It has been occupied by KR guerrillas since last

year.

Thai military personnel on the border said that fighting between

the Cambodian army and the KR had taken place 5-10km from the

temple.

Thailand's government has lodged a protest about shells allegedly

fired from the RCAF landing on Thai soil in the conflict.

Meanwhile, a

Thai military source told Reuters that Thai army engineers working near the

border have accidentally unearthed an arms cache apparently buried by KR

guerrillas.

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.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to