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No Shot Fired Over Preah Vihear: Official


Prime Minister Hun Sen sought, and earned, a peaceful resolution to the standoff at Preah Vihear temple over the past month, a government spokesman said Monday.

Thai and Cambodian troops executed a partial withdrawal from a pagoda near the temple and surrounding areas, as the foreign ministers from each country met in Thailand Monday.

The apparent resolution to the standoff occurred without a shot fired and without violence, said Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, as a guest on "Hello VOA."

"It's a sovereign battlefield, in the position of Prime Minister Hun Sen, not a war," Phay Siphan said.

Cambodia deployed more than 1,000 troops, after Thai soldiers occupied a pagoda near the temple July 15. Hundreds of Thai troops followed suit, and both sides deployed heavy weaponry.

Both sides have drawn down, and the foreign ministers will now seek continued solutions to the ongoing conflict over border demarcation.

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