Cambodian border police briefly detained three Thai
demonstrators at Preah Vihear temple Tuesday, a move that was followed
by a crossing of Thai border police into Cambodian territory, a top Cambodian
spokesman and a border authority official said Tuesday.
Thai officials denied their patrols had crossed into
Cambodian police detained three protesters, who were members
of the opposition Thai Democrat Party, after they entered Preah Vihear temple Tuesday morning,
said Hang Soth, chairman of the Preah Vihear National Authority.
The three were released after three hours, Hang Soth said.
More than 40 Thai border police entered Cambodian territory
around 11:30 am, occupying a pagoda about 200 meters from Preah Vihear temple,
Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, said Tuesday.
Hang Soth confirmed Thai authorities occupied the pagoda. He
could not confirm whether the Thai patrol remained there.
Thai Maj. Gen. Kanok Netakawesana, the regional army
commander, told the Associated Press Tuesday the soldiers remained on Thai
soil, close to a disputed area.
Thai Embassy spokesman Chaturont Chaiyakam said late Tuesday
reports of the border-crossing were a "rumor."
Cambodian soldiers on the border have been ordered not to
shoot at Thai troops, Hang Soth said.
Tuesday's incident came at a time of increased tension
between the two countries over the temple, which was last week added to a Unesco
World Heritage list under Cambodia's