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The military confrontation between Cambodian and Thai troops over the border area near Preah Vihear temple continues on Saturday and troops on both sides are still on high alert, said a close military source standby at the area.
"We're still on high alert to defend our territorial integrity, " a senior officer, who asked not to be named, said on Saturday.
The re-tension between Cambodia and Thailand over the border happened on Thursday after Thailand demanded Cambodia to remove a national flag over Wat Keo Sikha Kiri Svarak pagoda near Preah Vihear temple, claiming that the pagoda is on the disputed area, but Cambodian side rejected it.
"We have warned Thai troops in advance already, if they dare to enter Cambodian territory, Cambodia will use self-defense rights to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.
Cambodian Ministry of Defense on Friday has dispatched dozens of tanks and fighting vehicles as well as missiles and ammunition to Preah Vihear temple area. He said that those armaments have arrived at Preah Vihear temple on Saturday morning.
The ministry called "the statement made by Thai Prime Minister in parallel with Thailand's military exercise at the border with Cambodia is clearly provocative and constitutes a casus belli for future acts of aggression against Cambodia."
The US has provided over US$4.5 million worth of military equipment and training to the Cambodian military since 2006, and this was the first time the two sides jointly put the equipment to use.
In a July 8 report, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a US-based rights lobby, alleged that many RCAF units selected to participate in the joint exercises had abysmal rights records. HRW said that by allowing the controversial units to participate in the drills, the US had undermined its own commitment to the promotion of human rights in Cambodia.
HRW, Cambodian human-rights organizations and other international rights groups, as well as the US State Department, have all detailed ACO Tank Command units involvement in illegal land seizures. These include the November 2009 seizure of farmland from 133 families in Baneay Meanchey province and the use of tanks in 2007 to flatten villagers' fences and crops in a forceful move to confiscate land.
HRW noted that certain elite units, such as the prime minister's personal bodyguard, Airborne Brigade 911, Brigade 31 and Brigade 70, were all scheduled to participate in the Phnom Penh portion of the exercise. Both the bodyguard unit and Brigade 70 were involved in the 1997 grenade attack on a political rally by the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, according to HRW.
Airborne Brigade 911, meanwhile, has been linked to arbitrary detentions, political violence, torture and summary executions. Brigade 31 has been accused of involvement in illegal logging, intimidation of opposition party activists and land-grabbing, including the use in 2008 of US-provided trucks to forcibly evict villagers from their land in Kampot province.
Cambodian military officers and soldiers operate without fear of arrest or punishment, human-rights groups say. ''Hun Sen has promoted military officers implicated in torture, extra-judicial killings and political violence,'' said Phil Robertson, HRW's deputy Asia director.
Yes it would be a pretty lopsided battle if war breaks out, based on those figures.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
The military budget of Cambodia was 123 million $ in 2009. Military budget for Thailand : 5.1 BILLION $ for 2009....so you know who's gonna wipe the floor with the other if war breaks out..
"Now, we have arrested 5-6 Thai troops and some raised hands to defect," said a soldier standby at the area of Preah Vihear temple. "Thai side has asked us to do negotiation."
Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh told Xinhua through phone on Friday that "We have warned them not to enter our territory, but they still violated and entered, so we opened fire to defend our territory."
He added that heavy weapons including rockets, machine guns, mortars and artillery have been used in the exchange of fire.
A 3rd round of fighting has erupted between Thai and Cambodian troops at the border. Tanks are being used. Initial reports say 2 Thai civilians have been injured.
The government cited a military commander as saying a wing of the Preah Vihear temple was damaged Sunday as a result of Thai artillery bombardment.
Thousands of Thais flee fighting on border with Cambodia (DPA)
As sporadic fighting continues, Cambodia's prime minister called on the United Nations to set up a buffer zone in its disputed frontier with Thailand.
For four days Cambodian and Thai troops have exchanged gunfire and artillery shells in the vicinity of the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple, a World Heritage Site in the Dangrek Mountains 300 miles east of Bangkok.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said five Cambodians had been killed and 45 injured.
Fighting in the remote area is "threatening regional security," Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said.
"We need the United Nations to send forces here and create a buffer zone to guarantee that there is no more fighting," he said during a university graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh. "We will go to the U.N. Security Council whether you like it or not."
Five Thai soldiers were wounded, one seriously, during fighting that flared again near an ancient temple in a disputed border area with Cambodia.
Thai military sources said Cambodian soldiers attacked their post near Phu Ma Khua, close to the frontier and the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Anyway, UN peacekeepers were in Cambodia from 91 to 93 following a civil war. The military budget of Cambodia was 123 million $ in 2009. Military budget for Thailand : 5.1 BILLION $ for 2009....so you know who's gonna wipe the floor with the other if war breaks out... still, Cambodia is the home of the infamous Khmer Rouges... so you never know.
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Originally posted by macman
My little brother was/is in Thailand on vacation. I thought he was supposed to be back now, but I have yet to hear from him.
I don't like this.
Originally posted by stirling
These countrys are both involved in trying to obtain wmd as far as i know.
The question that arises is if they do get them, will they be so stupid as to emply themÉ
Other than tactical nukes of small yield, i dont think it would be practical for either one to nuke the other.
they are small in land mass, and they are in very close proximity.
perhaps a nuke would put them both out of business regardless who gets it dropped on who.....dumb dumb dumb....
Red shirt populists and yellow shirt royalists are still demonstrating in the capital, but the sense of crises has diminished. The yellow shirts are largely responsible for the current "war" with Cambodia, by pushing the use of force to press a shaky claim on some land around a border temple. Most of the population backs the red shirts, but no one wants a civil war over the issue of new elections (which the royalists would lose).
The armed forces have put 15,000 troops on the Cambodia border, around a 4.6 square kilometer temple compound that both nations claim control over. Cambodia have about the same number of troops in the area, but Thailand has prepared plans to send a lot more troops to the border, and apply Thailand's larger and more powerful military power against Cambodia. The royalists running the current government see this as a way to gain wider support in Thailand.