05 Feb '11, 4pm

Ceasefire agreed but Thai-Cambodian border remains tense

Ceasefire agreed but Thai-Cambodian border remains tense

BANGKOK: Thailand and Cambodia on Saturday agreed a ceasefire to halt fighting near a disputed temple that left at least five people dead, but border tensions remained high. Military officials from the two countries confirmed the ceasefire but a Cambodian general told reporters after the negotiations that the "situation right now is still tense". Cambodia had earlier called fighting near the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple "explosive", while Thailand branded it a violation of territory as both sides blamed the other for sparking the worst violence in more than two years. The neighbours traded heavy weapons fire in an area around the Hindu temple, which is claimed by both countries, on Friday and each said the other had used mortars, rockets and artillery. Cambodia has said two of its soldiers and one civilian were killed in Friday's fighting, while Thailand said a village...

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