Saturday, April 23, 2011

Here we go again

The final steps leading away from Prasat Ta Muen Thom temple and the path that leads across the disputed border area
Just when you think it's safe to go to the border area temples like Preah Vihear and Prasat Ta Muen, the armed conflict kicks-off again. Yesterday mortar and artillery shells killed three soldiers on both the Cambodian and Thailand sides of the border area around the temples of Ta Muen and Ta Krabei temples in Banteay Ampil district. As usual both countries blamed each other for starting the six-hour conflict, calling it an invasion, and thousands of civilians were evacuated from the immediate area, on both sides. This is the first real breakdown in the border situation since February's fighting at Preah Vihear and the follow-on agreement by both sides to host Indonesian border observers, who have yet to arrive. Such a sad state of affairs, where people have lost their lives for little more than sabre-rattling. As I'm typing I've just heard that fighting has broken out again in the same area early this morning as well. Violence is never far from the surface either at the border area or in Phnom Penh, where the authorities are increasingly meeting protests and demonstrations with brute force and pictures in the press of an old woman with blood pouring from a head wound does the police and government no favours at all. The Boeung Kak issue, where 4,000 families are being evicted from land surrounding the former backpacker-infested lakeside area, is not going away anytime soon, so expect more ugly scenes in the future.

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Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Fighting continued in and around Ta Muen Thom temple for a 4th day on Monday. Fatalities have risen on both sides and tens of thousands of civilians have been evacuated from villages on both sides of the border area. Despite international calls for restraint, trigger-happy army personnel on either side of the border need to calm down before this really gets out of kilter.

April 25, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thailand always accused Cambodia for invading Thailand but Cambodia always captured Thai soldiers inside Cambodian territory. And how many Cambodian soldier that Thailand captured? NONE!!!!
That good enough proofs that Thailand invading Cambodia!!!!!
Thai soldiers are dying on Cambodia territory that Thailand has been trying for 4 days now to get their dead soldier bodies from Cambodia territory. This time Thailand used poison smoked against Cambodia after using cluster bombs against Cambodia in February 2011.
Thailand guilty of its war crime!!!!

April 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

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