Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Soldiers not equipped for cold weather

Soldiers not equipped for cold weather

Soldiers not equipped for cold weather

THE recent cold snap is leading soldiers stationed along the Thai-Cambodian border to complain of poor equipment and sleeplessness.

Um Tin, a soldier based at Kor Mouy near Preah Vihear temple, said soldiers have struggled to protect themselves from strong winds and chilly temperatures.

"We have coats, but they cannot block the wind," he said.  

Say Monthon, another soldier based near Preah Vihear, said this year's winter has been colder than previous years.

"We don't sleep enough because it is so cold," he said.

"Soldiers who do not have coats or other equipment face difficulties.

"It's too cold - not just in the mountains but in nearby areas as well."

Um Tin said some soldiers were cutting down trees to build huts because the tents they had received - both from the government and charities - did not provide adequate shelter.  

Bun Vanna, deputy chief of staff for army Brigade 43, which is based at Veal Antri, said night temperatures had dipped to 14 degrees Celsius but that soldiers had no reason to complain.

He said that the government, in concert with charities, had provided enough coats and blankets to keep the soldiers warm.

"It's cool here, but it does not cause any trouble for our soldiers," Bun Vanna told the Post Tuesday.

"Our forces have prepared for the weather."

Cambodian and Thai military forces have been dug in at the Preah Vihear temple since July 2008.

The standoff began when Unesco decided to classify the temple as a World Heritage Site, prompting an outcry from Thailand and a flare-up in cross-border tensions.

Cambodia and Thailand have never fully demarcated their shared border.

Discussion of the issue will resume when Thailand's new foreign minister, Kasit Piromya, visits Cambodia later this month. 

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh