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Troops to pull back from temple

World Briefing / SOUTHEAST ASIA

July 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Cambodia and Thailand agreed to pull back about 1,200 troops stationed near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, a symbolic gesture that fell short of ending a border dispute there.

Foreign ministers from the two Southeast Asian nations agreed to further talks, but no date was set.

Officials agreed to pull back about 800 Cambodian and 400 Thai troops stationed in and around a pagoda about 980 feet west of the temple complex. It is unclear, however, where the troops will be sent or when the move will take place.

The dispute over 1.8 square miles of land near the temple escalated this month when UNESCO approved Cambodia's application to have the complex named a World Heritage Site.

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