Thai troops have withdrawn from one temple in the Ta Moan
temple complex in Oddar Meanchey province, Cambodia's defense minister said
The Thai soldiers had occupied Ta Moan Thom temple, situated on
the border of Oddar Meanchey province, west of Preah Vihear temple, where a
military standoff continued.
The soldiers had pulled back to their "original
place" near Ta Moan Thom, which is one of three temples in a complex that
is disputed by both sides, Defense Minister Gen. Tea Bahn said.
Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan confirmed Tuesday
the Thais had withdrawn.
Officials said last weekend about 100 Thai soldiers had
fortified Ta Moan Thom, and that Thailand intended to apply for
Unesco World Heritage protection status for the temple.
The inclusion of Preah Vihear temple, where thousands of
soldiers on both sides are now entrenched, on the World Heritage list, prompted
the recent standoff there.