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09PHNOMPENH221 APRIL 3 MORNING CLASH ON THAI-CAMBODIAN BORDER AT PREAH VIHEAR

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“200485”,”4/3/2009 2:07″,”09PHNOMPENH221″,

“Embassy Phnom Penh”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,””,

“VZCZCXRO8337

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DE RUEHPF #0221 0930207

ZNY CCCCC ZZH

O 030207Z APR 09

FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH

TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0571

INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK IMMEDIATE 2693”,

“C O N F I D E N T I A L PHNOM PENH 000221

 

SIPDIS

 

STATE FOR THE WATCH; EAP/MLS, P, D, IO

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/03/2019

TAGS: PREL, MOPS, PGOV, TH, CB

SUBJECT: APRIL 3 MORNING CLASH ON THAI-CAMBODIAN BORDER AT

PREAH VIHEAR

 

REF: STATE

 

Classified By: AMBASSADOR CAROL A. RODLEY FOR REASONS 1.4 (B,D)

 

1. (C) A clash between Thai and Cambodian infantry erupted

at 7:20 a.m. April 3 inside the disputed border area near the

Cambodian Preah Vihear UNESCO World Heritage Site according

to Council of Ministers Secretary of State Phay Siphan.

Fighting erupted in an area called the Field of Eagles, the

site of a clash last October 15 that left one Thai and three

Cambodian soldiers dead. Phay Siphan told Pol/Ec Chief that

Thai soldiers had tried to enter the site on March 30, but

were turned away after a period of negotiations. Since then,

the Cambodians had been negotiating access to the area, which

Phay Siphan described as thick jungle cut by a path used by

Cambodian infantry patrols.

 

2. (C) The local Cambodian commander had offered to escort

unarmed Thai soldiers in the area. However, early in the

morning of April 3 as many as 100 Thai soldiers occupying the

high ground around a Cambodian platoon position of about

30-40 soldiers descended on them and an exchange of gunfire

took place. Phay Siphan said the fighting continued as of

08:15 hours. He did not have any reports on casualties.

Prime Minister Hun Sen would be briefed at the Friday morning

Council of Ministers meeting, he said.

RODLEY

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July 21, 2011 at 5:29 am

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