- Title: Cambodian army sending soldiers to the Lao cambodia border.
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) CAMBODIAN ARMY CONVOY DRIVING TOWARDS LAOS BORDER / MEDIA TAKING PHOTOS OF CONVOY CAMBODIAN ARMY APC DRIVING TOWARDS LAOS BORDER CAMBODIAN ARMY CONVOY PASSING THROUGH THE INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT CAMBODIAN SOLDIERS ON ARMY TRUCK CHEERING ON THEIR WAY TO LAOS BORDER CAMBODIAN ARMY CONVOY MOVING TOWARDS LAO BORDER FIRE TRUCK ON THE WAY TO LAOS BORDER CAMBODIAN MILITARY ARMY CONVOY DRIVING PASS THE INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS OF THE ARMY CONVOY
- Embargoed: 25th August 2017 19:29
- Keywords: Cambodia Laos border military convoy Cambodia Laos border dispute military soldiers troops
- Location: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
- City: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
- Country: Cambodia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TPRH39
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Cambodia started mobilising army and military hardware's to its border with Laos in the early hours of Saturday (August 12), after Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (August 11) accused its neighbour of sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug. 17 deadline for their departure.
Cambodia and Communist Laos are key allies of giant northern neighbour China, backing its "One Belt, One Road" drive to build regional infrastructure, but it was not immediately clear how their dispute would affect the plans.
Hun Sen said at a ceremony in the Cambodian capital he had been in touch with the government in Laos about 30 soldiers from Laos who had crossed into the area, where some remained during daytime.
"I can no longer keep patience," Hun Sen added. "It's not right that we fight each other, but if they don't withdraw, we must do it ... We don't declare war, we just ask to get our own land back."
Laos and Cambodia have a territorial and border demarcation dispute, an official who declined to be identified at the Laos embassy in Phnom Penh told Reuters. But no agreement on the border line has been made, the official said, as he urged Cambodia to stop clearing the area for road-building activities, in order to allow checks by inspection panels from both countries.
Hun Sen planned to meet Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday (August 12) to talk about the troops' withdrawal, Cambodian media reported.
In another land dispute, Cambodia accuses neighbouring Vietnam of encroaching on its territory. The two sides met last year in Phnom Penh but the dispute remains unresolved.
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