SI SA KET, Feb 12 -- Thailand’s Second Army Area Commander Lt Gen Thawatchai Samutsakorn said Saturday he is “90% confident” that clashes at the Thai-Cambodian border would not erupt, at least for the time being.
His comment were made following four days of clashes near the disputed ancient Preah Vihear temple which began last Friday, forcing at least 15,000 Thai villagers to flee their homes and stay at five temporary shelters, including the Kantharalak district office.
Many villagers began returning to their homes Saturday following assurances by Gen Thawatchai, who is responsible for security affairs in northeastern Thailand, that fresh fighting would not erupt in the region. As a precaution, soldiers continued to monitor the situation along the border and patrol the area while more bunkers have been built for villagers.
Some villagers of Phum Srol district arrived homes early Saturday checking if any property went missing after they were away for nearly a week.
However, many villagers still preferred to stay at the temporary evacuation centres, as they were not certain that fighting would not occur again. They have urged concerned authorities to resolve the dispute as soon as possible so they could have normal lives again. (MCOT online news)