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Military Talks on Border Yield No Changes

Thai and Cambodian soldiers will remain entrenched along the border, following talks among military commanders from both sides that failed to bring about any kind of withdrawal or cooperation Thursday.

Thai and Cambodia military commanders met on the Thai side of the border near Preah Vihear temple in a four-hour meeting Thursday, as the Cambodian death toll rose by one following a brief skirmishes Wednesday.

Ten Thai soldiers who had been surrounded at the Keo Sikha Svara pagoda, west of Preah Vihear temple, were given back their arms and will be allowed to stay in the pagoda, and all other troops will remain in their positions, said Maj. Gen. Srey Douk, commander of Cambodia's Division 12, who participated in the talks Thursday.

Phnom Penh was quiet a day after the fighting, and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer diplomatic relations on both sides remained good, with hopes of more talks on the border dispute, which has continued since July 15.

Meanwhile, many Thai nationals in Phnom Penh were preparing to return to Thailand.

In Oddar Meanchey province, west of Wednesday's fighting, many people were seen fleeing for safety, though a small percentage stayed behind.