Phnom Penh: Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire briefly on their border on Tuesday, the latest in a series of clashes between the neighbours, a Cambodian official said.
The shoot-out on Cambodia`s northwestern border lasted
for about six minutes, but there were no immediate reports of
casualties, Cambodian defence ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat
The incident occurred as soldiers from both sides were
patrolling the border area, some 40 kilometres away from
Cambodia`s ancient Preah Vihear temple, which is at the centre
of a land dispute between the two nations.
"It was a misunderstanding because the area is a place
where illegal smuggling of timber usually takes place," the
spokesman said, adding that the exchange of fire ended after
the two sides contacted each other.
Cambodia and Thailand have been locked in nationalist
tensions and a troop standoff at their disputed border since
July 2008, when the Preah Vihear temple was granted UNESCO
World Heritage status.
Relations deteriorated further in November after
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed fugitive former
Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as his economic adviser and
refused to extradite him to Thailand.