>Thailand, Cambodia agree to redeploy some troops in border dispute


Graphic on the situation at the Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia. Cambodia and Thailand agreed Monday to consider pulling troops out of disputed land near an ancient temple, but did not commit to any firm steps to end a two-week military standoff.

(AFP/Graphic/Anibal Maiz)

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) – Cambodia and Thailand say they have agreed to pull back several hundred troops stationed near a historic temple. But the neighbors acknowledged they have failed to end the long-running border dispute that has stirred up nationalist anger on both sides.
Foreign ministers from the two Southeast Asian nations also agreed
after more than 12 hours of discussions Monday to hold further meetings on how to demarcate a slice of land near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple. No date was set for the next meeting.
The two sides agreed to pull back about 400 Thai and 800 Cambodian troops stationed inside and around a pagoda located about 300 meters (980 feet) west of the temple complex. It is unclear, however, where those troops will be sent or when the move will take place.

A total of 4,000 from both countries have been deployed to the site.

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