5 May 2011

Border crossing open again

6:00 pm on 5 May 2011

Cambodia and Thailand have reopened a border crossing which was closed in recent fighting.

The BBC reports a tentative truce appears to have held since Monday night.

Tens of thousands of people who were displaced by the violence are being allowed to return to their homes.

However, the dispute that caused the conflict is not yet resolved.

The leaders of Thailand and Cambodia are due to meet at a regional summit in Indonesia this weekend.

The latest fighting flared on 22 April around the temples of Ta Moan and Ta Krabey, which lie in jungle areas that both countries claim.

The area is about 200km west of the disputed Preah Vihear temple, which was the scene of clashes in February.

Cambodia is now seeking clarification from the International Court of Justice of a ruling made in 1962.

The court awarded Cambodia ownership of the Preah Vihear temple, but Thailand lays claim to the land around it. The temple is 900 years old.