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Cambodia, Thailand withdraw troops from disputed border

07-19-2012 00:15 BJT

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Cambodia and Thailand have withdrawn their troops from a disputed border area at Preah Vihear temple.

The temple was awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice in 1962. While Thailand accepts that decision, both countries lay claim to land around it.

The dispute has led to several rounds of armed conflict in the past four years. Eighteen people were killed in the last serious fighting in April last year.

The withdrawal complies with a 2011 ruling by the International Court of Justice, which order troops of both countries to leave completely and simultaneously from the demilitarized zone.

Following the withdrawal of their army troops, both countries are now deploying police forces in the demilitarized zone.

Cambodian soldiers prepare to leave from the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, about 500 kilometers northwest
of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, July 18, 2012. Cambodia on Wednesday withdrew
485 military personnel from the PDZ in order to comply with the order of the
International Court of Justice. (Xinhua/Phearum)

Cambodian soldiers prepare to leave from the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, about 500 kilometers northwest
of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, July 18, 2012. Cambodia on Wednesday withdrew
485 military personnel from the PDZ in order to comply with the order of the
International Court of Justice. (Xinhua/Phearum)

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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