>Thailand, Cambodia Increase Troops Along Border, AFP Reports


Newly-arrived Thai soldiers walk from the border to a Cambodian Buddhist temple which their fellow soldiers have occupied Saturday, July 19, 2008 near Preah Vihear temple, Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. The military stand off between Cambodia and Thailand entered its fifth day Saturday as both sides continue to reinforce their troops ahead of scheduled talks over a disputed border area.

(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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chen Shiyin in Singapore at schen37@bloomberg.net.

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