December 22nd, 2011
01:08 AM ET

Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from around disputed temple

(CNN) - Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to withdraw their troops from the area surrounding a disputed border temple, the official Thai news agency MCOT reported.

The two countries reached a deal to implement an order by the International Court of Justice to put in place a "provisional demilitarized zone" around the Preah Vihear temple, MCOT cited Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh as saying at a news conference on Wednesday.

Thai and Cambodian troops had clashed in the area around the temple earlier this year, displacing thousands of people on both sides and causing at least 20 deaths.

A joint working group will be set up to discuss the rules governing the demilitarized zone, Banh said after meeting with the Thai defense minister, General Yutthasak Sasiprapa, in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

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  1. ???

    See??? Working together yielded results.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Edna

    They clashed because their uniforms didn't match. Those guys!

    December 22, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tcr c2

    No war is funny i hope these people get it together soon .thats all we need is another conflict over there and us getting our butts kicked again let them settlt it

    December 22, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    We'll not get into a conflict there.
    I'm not worried about that.
    As ??? said, they worked together, they agreed.

    Too bad Congress can't.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Phildo

    Agree with banasy again. Are you female? Lol

    December 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tcr c2

    @banasy thinks for the return comment. Id hate to see more friends go to war again , i had lots of friends go to vietnam and some never came home, and others came home a freaking mess in there heads, and others just got lucky if thats how to put it.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Airfresh-Society

    FOR ALL UNDERSTANDING, (share it for love and peace)

    January 29, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |