Thailand, Cambodia continue border temple disputes

Thailand, Cambodia continue border temple disputes

Thailand, Cambodia continue border temple disputes

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:34 AEDT

Thailand's supreme military commander, General Boonsrang Niempradit, has told Cambodia to stay away from Ta Moan Thom after the 13th-century temple became the latest hot spot between the two countries.

The Bangkok Post quotes the general saying the army has informed its Cambodian counterparts of the Thai position, adding that if Cambodian soldiers enter the area, they will be pushed back.

The newspaper says Ta Moan Thom temple was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday when Cambodia accused Thai troops of staying in the area it claimed to be part of Cambodian soil.

The development came after weeks of tension over land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple.

There have been high level talks between the two governments in a effort to settle that dispute, but a Cambodian government spokesman says further talks won't take place until Cambodia forms a new government in late September.

Cambodia's Defence Minister Tea Banh says Cambodian soldiers and civilians are usually allowed to enter the Ta Moan Thom ruins for religious ceremonies, but over the weekend Thai soldiers blocked their way.