Saturday, 19 July 2008

Thais protest at Hindu temple in border dispute
Saturday, 19th July 2008

CAMBODIA sent extra troops to its disputed border with Thailand yesterday after four days of clashes over the ancient Preah Vihear temple.

Hundreds of Thai and Cambodian troops now face each other across the border and there are fears the dispute will escalate.

The Hindu temple has been a source of tension since the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that it belonged to Cambodia, a decision that still rankles Thais. The listing of the temple as a World Heritage site this month triggered a political uproar in Thailand.

The troops were dispatched despite both sides saying they hoped there could be an amicable solution.

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