(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
By Chen Shiyin
July 19 (Bloomberg) — Thailand and Cambodia have added to their troops in a disputed border area between the two countries, Agence France-Presse reported, citing unidentified officials.
Thailand deployed 100 troops yesterday to join 400 soldiers stationed on the slope of a mountain leading to the ruins of the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, the report said. Cambodia had more than 1,000 soldiers in the area, with hundreds of anti-riot police arriving yesterday, the report said.
The situation in the disputed border area was “stable” today, AFP reported, citing the unidentified officials.
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said the addition of Cambodian troops had caused the situation to “deteriorate” and called for a peaceful resolution to the dispute, the report said, citing a letter to Cambodian leader Hun Sen. Officials from the two Southeast Asian nations are planning to meet on July 21 to resolve the standoff, the report said.