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Fighting stops along Thai-Cambodian border

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 28 (UPI) -- Thai and Cambodian forces agreed to a cease-fire following a week of border clashes between the Asian neighbors, a military source said Thursday.

Cambodian Maj. Gen. Chea Mon met Thai Lt. Gen. Thawatchai Samutsakorn at a border checkpoint Thursday.

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"After the meeting, the two sides agreed that they will not be allowed to have renewed fighting and if there is any important issue between the two sides, they promise to meet and solve peacefully," a source in the Cambodian military told China's official Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.

Border conflicts between the two Asian nations are centered on Preah Vihear, an 11th-century temple that is listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008. International courts ruled in 1962 that the temple was in Cambodia though parts of the overall temple grounds are in Thai territory.

Fighting was reported in the area Thursday, though Cambodian officials said the melee had stopped before the bilateral border talks.

The violence, however, had prompted the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to issue a travel warning for the area.

"Due to the presence of troops and recent outbreaks of fighting, we have changed our travel advice to advise against all travel to the Ta Krabey and Ta Moan temple area, located on the Thai-Cambodian border," the warning read.

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