A HIGH-RANKING Thai military official revealed that Bangkok intends to invest in
electronic sensing devices to control the border with Cambodia.
use night vision devices. We watch the border 24 hours a day. We will try to use
electronic sensors on the border to increase our control of it," said a Colonel
during a press trip to the border last week for Phnom Penh-based
Thai soldiers on the border are confronted with three major
problems the Colonel explained: "Smuggling in both directions, Cambodian
banditry and booby traps."
"We have no problem controlling logging, but
it is very difficult, especially at night, to stop anyone from crossing the
border. The jungle is too thick and there are too many paths and
A colonel from Military Command in Bangkok added: "The worst
problem we have is with Royal Government soldiers. Many have crossed the border
to steal. They are not paid by their government. They are not well supplied,
maybe the supplies are going to Pailin."
The colonel added that both
Cambodian sides had planted mines on Thai side and one had killed two men at a