Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Situation Along Thai-Cambodian Border Remains Calm - Authority

via CAAI

BANGKOK, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The situation along the Thai-Cambodian border in Thailand's eastern Sa Kaeo Province has remained calm despite a realignment of troops along the common border to maintain security, Thai News Agency reports Wednesday.

Commanding General of Thailand's First Army Area Command Lieutenant General Udomdej Sitabutr affirmed on Wednesday that order has been maintained along the Thai-Cambodian border with usual businesses and public activities.

Lieutenant General Udomdej said, however, that he has instructed Thailand's Burapha Task Force to strictly inspect areas along the border and to intensify their patrols.

In response to Cambodia's reportedly recent reinforcement of troops along the border, the Thai first army area commander acknowledged that the movement was merely a realignment of troops stationed in the area by the Cambodian side, a practice normally pursued by the Thai side as well.

Meanwhile, the Thai regional commander praised the Thai government for its cautious step-by-step efforts to assist seven Thai nationals arrested by Cambodia on charges of illegal entry, calling for cooperation from Thai activists to retrain from any movement which could worsen the case and other relevant issues.

Lieutenant General Udomdej's remarks followed a plan announced by activists of the Thai Patriots Network (TPN) to stage a new rally against Cambodia at a border area on January 25.

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