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Former battlefields become research centres in Preah Vihear

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Defence Minister General Tea Banh on Tuesday inaugurated four historical military buildings, located in former battlegrounds during the war between the government forces and the Khmer Rouge guerrillas along the Cambodian-Thai border in the 1980s, in Preah Vihear province.

Major General Veng Sokheng, deputy director of the Defence Ministry’s General Department of Information, said yesterday the four former battlefields included January 5 Military Historical Area and Techo Bossbov Choam Te Military Historical Area situated on the ridge of Dangrek mountain in Choam Khsan district’s Sra Em commune.

Two others are Renakse 1001 Military Historical Area and Mountain 190 Military Historical area along the Cambodian-Laos border in Chhep district’s Kampong Sralao commune.

Maj Gen Sokheng said Techo Bossbov Choam Te Military Historical Area is a former area where clashes erupted between Thai and Cambodian soldiers in a disputed area near Preah Vihear temple in 2008 while others were former battlegrounds between the government soldiers and the Khmer Rouge troops in the 1980s.

He said that the areas were designated for research since 2019 but the buildings were constructed by the Defence Ministry in June this year.

“These areas are former fierce battlefields in the early 1980s. And currently, they became peaceful areas under the policy of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s win-win policy,” he said, referring to the armed conflict which ended in 1998 when all Khmer Rouge soldiers were reintegrated into the government.

“These military historical zones become the historical evidence or military historical centres for students, scholars or youths to study or research the history of  our soldiers in defending our Khmer territory,’’ he said.

“These areas have also marked the protection of Cambodia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.


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