Thai Troops 'Burned Cambodian Boy Alive'
2:41pm UK, Wednesday September 16, 2009
Cambodia has accused soldiers from neighbouring Thailand of burning a boy alive after shooting at villagers in a disputed border region.
A Cambodian soldier stands guard as Thai troops walk near the Preah Vihear temple
Bangkok has insisted the accusations were baseless.
But they come amid simmering tensions between the historic foes over jurisdiction of the land around the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, which straddles their common border.
Seven soldiers have been killed in the past year during skirmishes near the site.
We have pictures of the late boy whose hands were tied, along with his remains and ashes.Cambodian deputy foreign minister Ouch Borith
Cambodian deputy foreign minister Ouch Borith said he had seen evidence proving the burning took place.
He urged Thailand to investigate what he said was a "brutal and inhumane" act.
Mr Borith said he had seen photographs of the charred body of a boy, but did not provide any evidence Thai soldiers were responsible.
The Preah Vihear temple
"This is true. We have pictures of the late boy whose hands were tied, along with his remains and ashes," he told reporters.
Cambodian authorities said a 16-year-old boy was arrested by troops on September 11 for cutting down trees on Thai territory.
Soldiers shot and seriously wounded another boy as he fled, the reports said.
Cambodia's foreign ministry sent a statement to its Thai counterpart complaining that the boy's death was a "serious breach of internationally accepted humanitarian principles".
The Thai ministry replied it had been informed by the army that teenagers had trespassed on Thai territory and were given a warning by border troops.
"There was no arrest. They just warned them and pushed back into Cambodia without detention or any clashes," spokeswoman Wimon Kidchob told reporters.
Cambodia: Thai Troops Accused Of Burning Boy Alive Amid Preah Vihear Temple Region Border Dispute | World News | Sky News
'After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box'
I can't believe this is still going on! Can they not settle it with a game of football? Whoever wins can claim the temple for a year until the next game. Diplomatic crisis fixed by Mr Pants.
Now for Israel and Palestine
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The best solution is the 'Peace Park' idea where the land is shared as an act of diplomacy and a joint listing is made to the World Heritage people.
Will it happen while they are prepared to walk onto temple grounds carrying rocket powered grenades?
Hmmm, let's see now...
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
^ That's a fantastic idea. I'll give my first greenie ever on that one.
DON'T GREEN ME I WANT TO STAY in 1969.-‘Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.' - Alexander Solzhenitsyn-"It's called the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." -George Carlin
If they just make it all Cambodia like most of it used to be then problem solved.
Buddha would be so proud
The irony that is religion is so lost on all those 'religious' muppets who fight, die, and kill for it; try living for it, you tomatoes.
'Can I just shock you? I like wine'
No logic zone.
This is it... The apocalypse.