Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation, threatens force

Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation, threatens force

Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation, threatens force

Cambodia and Laos on Saturday on Saturday agreed to withdraw their troops from the border between them Cambodia had accused Laotian troops of encroaching on its territory.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers by Thursday.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen travelled to the Laotian capital Vientiane to meet with his counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday to diffuse tensions surrounding the presence of Laos troops in Steung Treng province, reports Efe news. In 2013 the U.N.'s top court ruled that the area belonged to Cambodia and ordered Thai troops to leave.

"We are friends, but a friend can not step on (our) head", said the mercurial leader, who often leans on ultra-nationalist rhetoric to drum up support, especially ahead of election season.

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In addition to the jail term, Sok was ordered to pay about $2,000 in fines to the state and some $200,000 in personal compensation to Hun Sen.

"Moments ago, I already ordered all troops that were mobilised yesterday to go back to their positions".

An official at the Lao embassy in Phnom Penh told Reuters on Friday the border area was the subject of a territorial and demarcation dispute.

Laos wants Cambodia to stop clearing land along the border for road-building and allow checks by inspection panels from both countries.

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