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'Six dead' in border clash
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:33:23 AM »
'Six dead' in border clash

Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged gunfire and artillery shells on Friday, leaving six dead in a bitter clash.

It was the first serious outbreak of hostilities since February, when 10 people were killed in fighting near Preah Vihear temple, prompting a UN appeal for a lasting ceasefire.

Three Cambodian and three Thai soldiers were killed in Friday's clash in Surin province, near the Ta Krabey and Ta Moan temples. More than a dozen others were wounded, including three Thai troops who were said to be in critical condition. Thousands of villagers were evacuated on the Thai side.

Indonesia, current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), called for an immediate end to the violence. "Indonesia, as current chair of Asean, strongly calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities between Cambodia and Thailand," Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a statement.
"Cambodian soldiers fired with assault rifles at Thailand first and... started to shell us with artillery," Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon said. "I think Cambodia wanted to take over temples on the border."

Cambodia accused Thai troops of entering its territory. "Thai troops crossed the border and attacked our military bases," said Cambodian defence ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat.

The fighting subsided by early afternoon but "the situation remains tense," he said.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong immediately wrote to the UN Security Council to complain about what he claimed was a "deliberate act of aggression". Thai artillery shells had landed 21 kilometres inside Cambodian territory, he said in the letter, which was released to media in Phnom Penh.

Mr Marty said he was in contact with his Thai and Cambodian counterparts, urging the two countries to "resolve their differences through peaceful means".

Cambodia has called for outside mediation to help end the standoff, but Thailand insists the dispute should be resolved through bilateral talks.

Bangkok Post


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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 05:35:31 PM »
One Thai troop killed, 11 others injured in 2nd day of skirmish

Surin - One Thai troop was killed and 11 others injured when fighting between Thai and Cambodian troops resumed Saturday morning.

The clash resumed at 6 am near the Ta Kwai Temple in Phanom Dongrak district.

The two sides then exchanged artillery and mortar fires and the fighting escalated along the borderline until the Ta Muen Thom Temple.

Private Somkid Somsri, a ranger, was killed. The 11 injured troops were rushed to the district hospital and forwarded to the provincial hospital.

The Nation