Reports Cambodia accusing Thai troops of occupying disupted temple

Reports Cambodia accusing Thai troops of occupying disupted temple

Reports Cambodia accusing Thai troops of occupying disupted temple

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:30 AEDT

Cambodia is reported to have escalated the border dispute over the Preah Vihear temple by accusing Thai troops of occupying a temple far to the west.

The Bangkok Post newspaper says a Cambodian spokesman in Phnom Penh claims about 70 Thais have been at the 13th Century Ta Muen Thom temple complex in Surin province since Thursday.

It says the Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag says no troops have moved into the area.

The newspaper says the Cambodian statement appears to be linking the Preah Vihear and Ta Muen Thom disputes, but although both are in border areas, they are not connected in either distant or recent history - until now.

It says Thai military commanders are relaxed saying there's no apparent tension at the site.

They say there's a paramilitary post there because Ta Muen Thom belongs to Thailand and there are soldiers deployed to take care of the area.