Sunday, 3 August 2008

Thai troops occupy 2nd temple on Cambodian border

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia says Thai soldiers are occupying a second temple site along the border of the two countries — a new twist in an ongoing armed standoff that has nearly led to clashes between the neighbors.

A Thai foreign ministry spokesman says he is not aware of the latest confrontation.

Maj. Sim Sokha of the Cambodian border protection unit said Sunday that about 70 Thai soldiers have been occupying the 13th century Ta Moan Thom temple since Thursday. The site is located on a northwestern region of Cambodian border with Thailand.

The temple is several hundreds miles west of 11th century Preah Vihear temple, where Cambodian and Thai soldiers have been locked in a standoff for three weeks in their dispute over land near the temple.

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