Military tension between Cambodian and Thai soldiers around
Ta Moan Thom temple has eased, following a decision on both sides to lay common
conditions for negotiation.
"The first condition was that both sides have to
withdraw from Ta Moan Thom," said Maj. Sim Sokha, a commander from
Military Region 4. "The second one, both sides have to allow people to
enter the temple."
During the day, Cambodian soldiers can enter the temple, which lays on the
border of Oddar Meanchey province, west of Preah Vihear temple, where a
standoff continues, Sim Sokha said. But both sides have agreed not to enter the
temple at night.
Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh said Wednesday Thai troops
had moved to their original position, 350 meters from the temple, after they
occupied and fortified the temple last weekend.