Thai border troops to deny further visits by Cambodian troops at Ta Muean Ruins in SurinAugust 4th, 2008 - 11:06 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The Director-General of the Border Affairs Department under the Supreme Command, Lt. Gen. Niphat Thonglek (นิพัทธ์ ทองเล็ก), reports that from this moment onwards, he will not allow Cambodian troops to approach the Ta Muean (ตาเมือน) Khmer Ruins along the borders of Surin province.
Lt. Gen. Niphat affirms that Thai border troops in Phanom Dong Rak (พนมดงรัก) district of Surin province have been instructed to prevent Cambodian troops from approaching the Ta Muean (ตาเมือน) structures as it is not an appropriate time for new disputes over territory considering the current Thai-Cambodian disagreement over the Preah Vihear (พระวิหาร ) temple.
The Director-General denied rumors that Cambodian troops who were visiting Ta Muean (ตาเมือน) yesterday (August 3) were attempting to encroach upon Thai territory. He pointed out that Cambodian troops departed peacefully after being asked to do so by Thai authorities.
Lt. Gen. Niphat affirms that Thai border troops are not presently tense over the incident due to their excellent training and ability to communicate with Cambodian counterparts.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand