27 Aug 2009
Gap year travellers in Cambodia and Thailand may welcome the news that the troops of the former country have partially pulled back from a conflict area along the country’s border, reports Reuters.
The cause of the dispute is the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, which both countries have attempted to lay claim to over the years.
Fresh break outs of fighting over the last year have claimed seven lives in the area and prompted the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to advise against British nationals visiting it.
However, the new developments have been described by General Chea Dara, deputy commander-in-chief of Cambodia’s armed forces, as a step in the right direction.
The news provider quotes him as saying: "This shows the positive position of Cambodia, that we want to live in peace, and is something the two nations will benefit from."
Border issues have been on the Cambodian agenda of late – it was announced earlier this month that more points of entry would be opened between the country and its eastern neighbour Vietnam.