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Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 8:52 AM

Illegal border marker found on top of Dangrek Mountains

The Preah Vihear task force officials inspect the illegal border marker at point 766 on the top of Dangrek Mountains.(All phots are from Koh Santepheap, Photos by Vontha).

Koh Santepheap newspaper
12th March, 2009
Reported in English by Khmerization

Cambodian border officials have dismantled an illegal border marker on top of the Dangrek Mountains, suspected to have planted by Thai soldiers. First it was suspected that the border marker has just been freshly planted, but after close examination it was concluded that it was planted 15-20 years ago during the Cambodian civil war.

The illegal marker was found by accident by bush trackers on 9th March, 2009 who then reported the find to the Cambodian officials.

A Preah Vihear task force, led by Maj-Gen. Sor Thary, deputy governor of Preah Vihear province, comprised of Brig-Gen. Som Bopharoth, commander of Preah Vihear region, Mr. Kao Lung, governor of Choam Ksan district and included 40 other Cambodian border officials, set off to search for the alleged illegal border marker on the morning of 11th March.

The group climbed the Dangrek Mountains at border point 500 east of An Sess Pass, reaching the mountain top at 11 o’clock in the morning. The group climbed through dangerous and inaccessible areas for 7 hours. They reached border point 766, the point where the illegal border marker was found, at 6 o’clock in the afternoon.

Border point 766 is the highest point of Dangrek Mountains which is located in Teuk Krohorm (Red Water) commune in Choam Ksan, about 9 kilometres east of An Sess border pass.

The alleged illegal border marker was made from a steel pipe and is about 15cm in diametres which was buried about half a metre deep and sticks out about half a metre high above the ground. It was buried with concrete very solidly and was located at co-ordinates VA98,956-8365 of point 766, which is the highest point of the Dangrek Mountain.

After carefully examining the marker, the group decided to dismantle it. The group said that this border marker was located about 1 kilometre from the Thai military barracks. The group added that the Thai soldiers did not know that they were there.

The border marker was suspected to have been planted by Thai soldiers during the Cambodian civil war in the mid-1980s.

The group stayed there only about one hour and because night time is approaching they decided to descend the mountains at about 7 o’clock, walking through perilous minefields in the dark of the night. Because it is too dangerous to walk through the minefields at night time, the group decided to sleep half way on the mountains. At 6:30am, the group continued the journey and reached the foot of the mountain at 9am. The group then reached Choam Ksan at 11am on the 12th of March.

The task force members stop to get some water from the natural pond.

The task force travel to point 500 on top of Dangrek Mountains.

The task force officials reached point 500 on top of Dangrek Mountains.

The Cambodia border task force officials climb to border point 766.

Cambodian officials inspect the illegal border marker.

The border marker that has been dismantled.


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