Gen. Anupong: It’s resulted from “misunderstanding”

Thai Army chief: Thai-Cambodian border clashes caused by “misunderstanding”
www.chinaview.cn 2009-04-04 19:40:46

BANGKOK, April 4 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda said Saturday clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers at the disputed border area on Friday resulted from “misunderstanding”, according to Thai News Agency (TNA).

Soldiers of each country stationed on the disputed border area thought that the other side intruded into their country’s territory, said Anupong.

Leaving Bangkok for a visit at a hospital in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province where soldiers wounded in the border clashes are being treated, the Army Chief noted that Thailand would not use force to resolve the problem.

He said preparation were under way for negotiations between Thailand and Cambodia, at the ministerial level as well as with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, to resolve the issue, according to the TNA report.

However, senior army officers of both countries in the disputed area will play a significant role in finding ways to end the dispute, said Anupong.

Thailand and Cambodia have earlier conducted a few round of negotiations which involved the militaries and foreign ministries from the two sides to solve the border dispute regarding areas around the ancient Preah Vihear temple, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The international court ruled the Preah Vihear temple belonged to Cambodia more than 40 years ago. But dispute about borders areas around the temple has remained a fuse in the Thai-Cambodian relationship.

The issue became hot again after the Cambodia applied successfully for the temple to be listed as a world heritage site in July last year. Military deployment was enhanced and sporadic clashes were reported along the border.

Not much progress has been made in the negotiations between two foreign ministers and two militaries except for a promise to act “restraint”.

Friday’s new border clashes caused the deaths of two Thai soldiers and two Cambodian soldiers, and injuries of nine Thai soldiers.

The number of Thai soldiers stationed in the area remains unchanged, even though plans to evacuate villagers living near the disputed area have been prepared, Anupong said.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20…t_11131528.htm

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Border Incident at Phu Makhua

April 3, 2009

This morning (3 April), Thai and Cambodian troops engaged in a brief clash at Phu Makhua in the area under Thai sovereignty. The clash lasted for approximately 5 minutes and there was no casualty or injury on the Thai side.

The said incident followed an incident yesterday (2 April), in which a Thai soldier stepped on a landmine, believed to be laid recently, leaving him with a severed leg. In the aftermath, the Thai troops visited the blast site to investigate the incident and then encountered an intrusion by approximately 20 Cambodian troops, encroaching into the area which is within Thai territory. After the talks between the two sides failed, the Cambodian side started to walk away and turned back to open fire at the Thai troops with rifles and RPG rockets, forcing the Thai side to fire back in self-defence. The Thai troops were not injured in the incident. The Royal Thai Government will lodge a protest regarding the incident with the Royal Government of Cambodia by the end of today.

The Royal Thai Government reaffirms its sovereignty over the area where the clash took place. It calls on the Cambodian side to avoid any use of force and to continue with the negotiations under the existing bilateral mechanisms, which have been progressing well, with a view to preventing any losses on both sides.

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A Thai commander (C) talks to a Cambodian commander (L) at the front line of the border where Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged rifle and rocket fire near an ancient Hindu temple in Preah Vihear province, 543 km (337 miles) north of Phnom Penh April 4, 2009. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Saturday a border clash with Thailand around a 900-year-old Hindu temple would not escalate into a more serious conflict.

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A Thai soldier looks at a Cambodian solider (R) at the front line of the border where Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged rifle and rocket fire near an ancient Hindu temple in Preah Vihear province, 543 km (337 miles) north of Phnom Penh April 4, 2009. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Saturday a border clash with Thailand around a 900-year-old Hindu temple would not escalate into a more serious conflict.

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A Cambodian soldier obtains water to drink at a burnt market near an ancient Hindu temple where Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged rifle and rocket fire in Preah Vihear province, 543 km (337 miles) north of Phnom Penh April 4, 2009. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Saturday a border clash with Thailand around a 900-year-old Hindu temple would not escalate into a more serious conflict.
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One Response to Gen. Anupong: It’s resulted from “misunderstanding”

  1. thanks, your article is very informative.

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