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Border situation normal after Thai barbed wire incident

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Thai soldiers with barbed wire along border in Preah Vihear province. Border Protection Police

The Interior Ministry has reported a border incident with Thai soldiers in Preah Vihear province was able to be resolved following negotiation by both sides.

The ministry said Thai soldiers stationed along the border in Preah Vihear yesterday set up 100 metres of barbed wire fencing to prevent illegal encroachment, but it was later taken down.

“They [Thai soldiers] placed barbed wire fencing along a road we use to patrol but agreed to remove it at about 12pm after we negotiated,” Lieutenant General Leang Phearom, head of the ministry’s border protection police department, said yesterday.

“The fencing was about 100 metres long,” Lt Gen Phearom added, noting the incident occurred on Cambodian soil, in Choam Ksan district’s Sra Em commune.

“It’s like this: whenever they have a new team leader, they always ‘invade’ us,” Lt Gen Phearom said. “But our border police and RCAF will not allow anyone to violate even one milimetre of our land.”

Lieutenant General Srey Doek, commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Division 3, yesterday said top leaders from both sides negotiated.

“The situation is calm now, there has been no problem,” Lt Gen Doek said before declining to elaborate.

In early February a similar incident occurred when Thai soldiers reportedly set up barbed wire fencing in a white zone area in Oddary Meanchey province, a disputed territory both sides have yet to reach a demarcation agreement on.

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