The Cambodia government sent a request to Thailand’s foreign
ministry Monday officially requesting it halt incursions into the Ta Krabey
temple in Oddar Meanchey province.
In a letter sent from the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok,
officials said the Cambodian government “strongly urges the Thai side to stop
sending Thai soldiers into [Ta Krabey], pending demarcation work of the Joint
Boundary Commission on Demarcation of Land Boundary.”
Maj. Seng Sophal, deputy chief of the Thmar Doun district
police post, near Ta Krabey, said Wednesday around 10 armed Thai soldiers were
guarding the temple, and a Thai helicopter had circled the temple five times on
The Ta Krabey temple is part of the Ta Moan temple complex,
which has become a second point of contention in an ongoing military standoff
that started with Preah Vihear temple in July.
“Although we heard that the Thai side is sending its
soldiers into the temple, the Cambodian government’s stance is that this
needs to be negotiated by bilateral talks,”
Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said.
A Thai Embassy official in Phnom Penh declined to comment on
the letter, saying he had not seen the request. The Thai government has gone
through two foreign ministers since the standoff began.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Sin Bunthoeun said
Wednesday Cambodia and Thailand will plan bilateral talks on the disputed areas
after the formation of Cambodia’s government.
Cambodian lawmakers swore in to the new government in a