Sunday, September 20, 2009

calm: Cambodian spokesman

Friday, September 18, 2009

PHNOM PENH, Sep. 18, 2009 (Xinhua News Agency) -- The situation at Cambodia Thailand border areas near 11th century Khmer Preah Vihear temple has been calm so far, the spokesman for the National Defense Ministry said on Friday.

"I am here and the situation at the area is normal up to now," Chum Socheat, the spokesman of Cambodian National Defense Ministry told Xinhua by phone from border area.

"Cambodian riot police authorities have still deployed at the places against Thai border protesters," he added.

A group of Thai protesters from People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have warned that they will rally near Preah Vihear Temple this weekend to protest the mishandling of Thai governments over the disputed border area with Cambodia, and plan to move into the 4.6 square kilometers of land that is claimed by Thailand to hold the protest rally at the areas.

Thai armed forces also have tightened security at Thai- Cambodian border near the temple to prevent any rally protests.

The two neighboring countries share a nearly 800-kilometer long common border and they have never fully demarcated their land border.

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), on July 2008, approved Cambodia's bid to list Preah Vihear Temple as the World Heritage Site, since then the temple and its adjacent area have become the sites of border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand.

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