Fresh talks on Thai-Cambodia row
Military officials from Thailand and Cambodia are preparing for a new round of talks aimed at easing tensions along their shared border after last week's outbreak of violence, reported Aljazeera.
Nhek Bunchhay, the Cambodian deputy prime minister, said on Thursday that the move was part of efforts to "break the stalemate" that led to the clashes.
The two sides agreed on a joint border patrol last week following a gunbattle that left two Cambodian soldiers dead and three more wounded. Seven Thai troops were also injured.
The clashes near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple sparked fears that the two countries were headed for an outright war, prompting lengthy ceasefire discussions.
Both sides however said that they will maintain troops and artillery in the area.
Border tensions escalated following increased rhetoric in recent weeks, with political and military leaders blaming each other for trespassing on to the others' territory.
The ancient Hindu ruin which is at the centre of the dispute obtained a UN listing as a World Heritage Site in July, a ruling that re-ignited a decades-old feud.
Both countries have long claimed the temple complex but the World Court awarded it to Cambodia in 1962.
Thousands of Cambodian villagers in the area near the Preah Vihear temple have fled their homes amid fears of more violence.
The international community including the US and UK has urged the two countries to show restraint over the standoff.
Cambodia and Thailand have deployed hundreds of troops to the border region, backed by heavy equipment and air support.