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SAKAEW, 15 July 2014 (NNT)-Seventy-two Cambodian nationals – including seven children – have been arrested and detained by Thai immigration and Military troops in Sakaew Province for illegal entry into Thailand. The group was caught while they were sneaking into Thailand.

Military officers on patrol in Aranyaprathet District found a group of Cambodians strolling 500 meters away from the Thai-Cambodian border. The authorities intercepted the group to check on documents. The military and police then arrested the group for illegally entering Thailand after it was found that they had no documents or passports.

These illegal foreign workers were on their way back to resume work in Thailand, after the earlier so-called rapid exodus when inaccurate rumors of arrests spread, after which most have returned to work in Thailand, with the proper documentation .

However, none of this group was carrying a passport or border pass. They confessed that they are a group of Cambodians who have not been able to obtain passports, so they are not qualified to register for work in Thailand.

Undocumented Cambodian workers who are now facing a financial crisis are believed likely to sneak back into Thailand in bigger numbers over time. –

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THAILAND: Troops to remain along Thai-Cambodian border till further notice

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SURIN, 13 November 2013 (NNT) –Although the border situation is peaceful, Thai troops will remain positioned along the Thai-Cambodian border near Phra Viharn Temple until further orders have been received, according to Commander-in-Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.On Tuesday, Thai commanders of forces along the border in Surin met their Cambodian counterparts at Prasat Ta Khwai historic site to foster good relations and to make sure that each commander had access to his counterpart’s direct line, to ensure that communications can be made quickly in case of urgent matters. The Thai and Cambodian commanders also had lunch together, surrounded by the scenic setting of the historical site.

Army chief Prayuth asserted that Thai soldiers would maintain the country’s sovereignty and protect the border area until they receive further notice. He noted that negotiations on the disputed area around the Phra Viharn Temple were to be handled by the working committee staffed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Security officials.

BANGKOK, 14 November 2013 (NNT) – Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the joint sitting of Parliament this morning that she had never officially announced the government’s acceptance of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict on the Phra Viharn Temple case.

However, she clarified by reiterating what she stated before; that whatever the ICJ’s verdict may be, the relationship between Thailand and Cambodia will still stand, and that the government will continue to protect the nation’s sovereignty.

The Thai Ambassador to the Netherlands stated that the ICJ had no power in determining the official borders between Thailand and Cambodia. Furthermore, he also stressed that Thailand did not lose its Phu Makhua region to Cambodia; and that the 1:200,000 map was deemed irrelevant to the case.

Meanwhile, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva agreed with the government’s stance of not yet officially accepting the ICJ’s verdict, as it is not relatively clear how much land Thailand will lose to Cambodia. Moreover, he urged Ms. Yinglcuk to further clarify the issue to the public.

Locals near Thai-Cambodian border stockpiling bomb shelters with food & water

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BANGKOK, 8 November 2013 (NNT) – Residents in Sao Thongchai sub-district, Sisaket province are getting their bomb shelters ready in preparation for the upcoming World Court ruling on the Thai-Cambodian dispute over the area around Phrear Vihear Temple.

On Thursday (November 7), locals were spotted going about their lives as usual, aside from the fact some families were seen stockpiling food and necessities inside the bomb shelters they have built at their homes. 34-year-old Pricha Kaewla, who operates a mom-and-pop store at home, has already completed the stockpiling of food and water within his shelter.

2 homes in the community of Ban Phumisaron, in Sao Thongchai, were completely burnt down in 2011 after being hit by a barrage from Cambodian troops.

In Buriram province, officials in Ban Kruad district, where a Thai-Cambodian border checkpoint is located, said that the border situation remained normal and trade at the border point was going on as usual. However, district authorities have been conducting evacuation drills based on the incident in 2011, where almost 4,000 residents in the district had to be evacuated from their homes.

Around 40 artillery shells and BM-21 rockets were fired into Ban Kruad community during the border clash between Thailand and Cambodia in 2011.

Army Chief: Thai-Cambodian border still calm

BANGKOK, 31 October 2013 (NNT) – Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha confirms that the situation in the conflict area along the Thai-Cambodian border is still peaceful as the ruling of the Phra Viharn case is approaching.
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TEMPEL CAMBODIAGen. Prayuth and Interior Minister Gen. Yuthasak Sasiprapha on Thursday were briefed on the Thai-Cambodian border situation and delivered policy to army forces stationed in the provinces bordering Cambodia. The army chief said no incident had been reported in the disputed area and asked local officers to talk with the Phra Viharn demonstrators in order to prevent the border tensions from escalating.

A specific area has been zoned for the demonstrators so that they would not obstruct the army’s practices and deployment of forces.

Gen. Prayuth added that the army had the policy to avoid fights if it was not necessary. He said the army was determined to maintain good relations with the neighboring country but it was always ready to respond to the situation at hand based on the border protection plan.