Thai PM demands Cambodians leave disputed border area

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday demanded Cambodian citizens leave a disputed border area that has been the focus of deadly clashes in recent years.

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva on Tuesday demanded Cambodian citizens leave a disputed
border area that has been the focus of deadly clashes in
recent years.

The two countries have stepped up a war of words over
the spat, with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warning it
could lead to fresh bloodshed.

"We have to tell them (Cambodians) to leave," Abhisit
told reporters. "They have trespassed so we are trying to
evict them.

"The problem happened because Cambodia intruded into
Thai territory so we have the right to protect our sovereignty
and we will do everything possible through peaceful means."

Hun Sen warned Monday that the border dispute with
Thailand was "very hot" and could result in violence.

Cambodia and Thailand have been locked in a troop
standoff at their disputed border since July 2008, when the
ancient Preah Vihear temple was granted UNESCO World Heritage
status.

The World Court ruled in 1962 that the temple belonged
to Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand. The
exact boundary through the surrounding grounds remains in
dispute, with occasional gunfights claiming several lives.

PTI

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