About 100 Thai soldiers entered a small temple in the Ta
Moan complex Wednesday, withdrawing quickly after negotiating with local
The Thai soldiers occupied the temple after spotting a group
of Cambodian soldiers in an area claimed by Thailand, said Maj. Sim Sokha,
deputy commander of Border Protection Unit 402.
The Thai soldiers crossed 200 meters of Cambodian land to
occupy Ta Krobai temple, before leaving, he said.
"The Thai and Cambodian sides agreed to withdraw their
troops on each side," he said, calling the negotiations "very
The Ta Moan complex, which has three temples on the Oddar
Meanchey border, is a second site of contention in a military standoff that
erupted over Preah Vihear temple in July.