Sunday, 19 October 2008

Cambodia, Thailand Break Accords

Prensa Latina

Phnom Penh, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Cambodia and Thailand broke off the agreement through which they shared 17.6 square miles surrounding Ta Moan Thom Hindu temple on the common border, regional media reported Saturday.

According to a report of Radio Free Asia Cambodian service Pnom Penh does not agree with the concept of joint patrols in spite of the fact that the agreement was signed last Thursday to establish a provisional cease fire.

Neither army command has put the terms of the agreement into practice.

Observers have noted that Thai and Cambodian soldiers have remained on their bases and the situation has generally returned to normal.

Meanwhile Si Sa Ket neighbors, the Thai province where the sanctuary is located, expect to have progress on the next round of contact between Cambodian and Thai leaders next Tuesday.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hu Sen declared Friday that border clashes with Thailand for the control of the area surrounding Preah Vihear temple will not result in "a large scale war."

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