Military stand-off on Laos border.

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Re: Military stand-off on Laos border.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:34 pm

The border stand-off has calmed down for the moment due to discussions between Laos and Cambodian officials, and the border should now be open for business as usual.

Cambodia, Laos draw back troops in bid to avoid escalation at border
Thu, 6 April 2017

After a two-hour meeting, Cambodian and Lao provincial military and border officials yesterday reached an agreement to draw back forces from two undemarcated zones where the building of outposts had recently sparked military stand-offs, according to a general in the area.

Svay Nhan, the Stung Treng provincial military commander, said the “understanding” was reached yesterday after a joint delegation from the countries inspected the sites in Thala Barivat district’s O’Svay commune and nearby Samaki commune in Stung Treng district.

The sites, known as Dong Kralor Chas in Samaki and Deum Lvea in O’Svay, are among three undemarcated “white zones” that have sparked border frictions recently, with Laos’s attempts to upgrade a military outpost in the former and plans by Cambodian police to do the same in the latter provoking stand-offs between forces.

A third similar site in Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district – where in February some 400 Lao soldiers crossed into Cambodia to halt construction of a road they said was in an undemarcated zone – was not included in yesterday’s meeting...
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Re: Military stand-off on Laos border.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:07 pm

Everything's fine, but...
Tension Flares Up Again on Cambodia’s Border With Laos
April 7, 2017

Dozens of Laotian soldiers started building a post on a disputed tract of land along the border on Thursday, breaking a deal made just a day earlier between Laos and Cambodia to withdraw forces until after the Khmer New Year.

But the Laotian soldiers had backed off again by the afternoon, according to the Stung Treng provincial military commander, who attributed the brief return of hostility to a miscommunication on the other side of the border...

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Re: Military stand-off on Laos border.

Postby Anchor Moy » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:37 pm

The on-off tensions on the border with Laos continue as the Cambodians resume their road-building in a disputed area of the border.
It's like there is some sort of rotation system with Cambodia's border tensions - problems with Thailand calmed right down, then the border demarcation with Vietnam flared up and died down, now there are extra troops on both sides of the Laos border. The Cambodian authorities wouldn't be using external threats as a distraction from the domestic situation, or for showing how much the country needs a strong leader, or for a quick fix of nationalism before elections by any chance ? Nothing like some sabre-rattling to pull a country together.
To add to the mix, there are also gem mines in the disputed area, and the road in question will give access to large areas of unlogged forest.
Interesting article on what's been going on up there:

Troubled road project along Cambodia-Laos border rolls on
Wed, 12 April 2017

Work by military engineers on a contentious road skirting Cambodia’s border with Laos – which has prompted a military stand-off in the area – has quietly resumed, local officials say, even as run-ins between Cambodian and Lao military patrols in the disputed area have further heightened tensions.

For about 40 kilometres, the Sekong River forms a natural barrier between the two countries, but according to two officers posted to the area, Lao forces have hung signs from trees south of the river urging a halt to construction and warning “This is Laos”. Cambodia, however, strongly disagrees.

Returning on Saturday from the disputed area, Meas Chan, a captain in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Engineering Unit 701, said his squad had been providing protection for troops checking for landmines and clearing forest to make way for the road along the south of the Sekong in the northern tip of Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district.

Chan said work had resumed in March after authorities announced a halt in late February following a show of force by Lao armed forces, which sent troops across the river to demand the work cease...
Full article: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/t ... rder-rolls

Does anyone have a map of that area ?

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