Hindu temple row leads to Thai, Cambodian troops standoff

July 19th, 2008 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Bangkok , July 19 (ANI): Thai and Cambodian troops are now in confrontationist mode at the border dividing the two countries after four days of clashes over the ancient Preah Vihear Hindu temple.

There is a fear that the dispute between the two countries will escalate, as the Hindu temple has been a source of tension since the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that it belonged to Cambodia , a decision that still rankles with the Thais.

The listing of the temple as a World Heritage site this month triggered a political uproar in Thailand , reports The Scotsman.

Officials of the two governments said that they were hoping for a reasonable solution to the dispute, when reports last came in. (ANI)

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