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Sunday
Feb062011

Ceasefire Collapses As Cambodian, Thai Troops Re-Engage

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SISAKET, Thailand) -- Just a day after Thai and Cambodian military officials had agreed to a ceasefire over a border dispute, reports from Thailand say Cambodian troops fired artillery onto Thai soil on Sunday.

A report from the Bangkok Post says Cambodian soldiers launched an attack targeted at the village of Chong Done Aow, and that Thai military officials confirmed fire was returned. The report says the battle is ongoing.

Military officials from both countries met Saturday to negotiate a temporary settlement in which no artillery fire would be exchanged and no further troops would be brought to the border which separates the two countries. The dispute is over the ancient Preah Vihear temple, which lies on the northern boundary of Cambodia and the southern border of Thailand.

Fighting over the temple has gone on for many years. According to a 1962 ruling by an international court, the temple belongs to Cambodia, although the main entrance to the structure is in Thai territory.

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