Officials sent 250 armed troops to the Thai border near
Anlong Veng in Oddar Meanchey province Thursday, a sign that not all the border
issues around Preah Vihear temple have been resolved.
Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said Thursday the
soldiers were sent to the border as "protection," not to prepare for
a war with Thailand.
The 250 soldiers, from the Siem Reap provincial army, were
reinforcements for smaller force that rotated out of Anlong Veng, with more
deployments expected along more than 800 kilometers of border with Thailand,
Khieu Kanharith said.
The soldiers were sent to Anlong Veng, which shares 60
kilometers of border with Thailand,
to prevent the loss of "a single meter of land," said Siem Reap
Governor Sour Phirin.
"We took all kinds of weapons, including artillery,
anti-aircraft guns, AK-47s and rocket launchers," Sour Phirin said.
"We are strong enough to protect our territory if, for example, a war is
provoked with the Thai said."
The deployment of soldiers to Anlong Veng follows talks
between the two countries this week that failed to fully end a military
standoff at Preah Vihear temple and a minor military build-up at the Ta Moan temples
of Oddar Meanchey province.