Thai soldiers continued to bar Cambodians from entering Ta
Moan temple Wednesday, declining to take down two wire barricades they had
earlier planned to remove, a military official said.
Thai soldiers occupied the temple, in a complex on the
border of Oddar Meanchey province, last week, as a continued standoff over
Preah Vihear temple went unresolved.
Both sides are expected to meet in Thailand Monday to diffuse the Preah Vihear
standoff, but Cambodia
will add Ta Moan Thom to its agenda, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, at least 50 Cambodian-Americans demonstrated in
front of the Thai Embassy in Washington
Monday, demanding the Thai government withdraw troops from areas surrounding Preah
"We demand the Thai army build-up to pull out from
Preah Vihear territory because this can escalate to brutal war and
bloodshed," said Tom Keo, a member of the Angkor Association, a group of
Cambodian-Americans in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
"We want peace, and we want the Thai government to accept the mediation of
the UN and Asean countries."