In Thailand, police reported that about three hundred Kampuchean (Cambodian) soldiers crossed the country's eastern border on Sunday (4 March) and attacked Thai guards at the frontier.
SV soldiers walking near Thai/Kampuchea (Cambodian) border
GV ZOOM IN Kampuchean flag flying at Poipet, ZOOM OUT TO Thai border post with soldiers
SV & CU refugees under shelter with children (FIVE SHOTS)
GV Thai soldiers jumping off back of lorry (TWO SHOTS)
GV army vehicles and tanks manoeuvring over land
GV soldiers patrolling area (TWO SHOTS)
GV reconnaissance plane overhead
SV soldier guarding railway line
GV farmer watering crops with tank in background
GV tanks lined up with cannon pointing across railway line
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Background: In Thailand, police reported that about three hundred Kampuchean (Cambodian) soldiers crossed the country's eastern border on Sunday (4 March) and attacked Thai guards at the frontier.
SYNOPSIS: Thailand's Prime Minister Kringsak Chamanand, has said he will not make any protest over the incident, and claimed there was no evidence that Vietnamese soldiers were among the intruders. Witnesses said Kampuchean troops pulled down the Thai flag and raised their own on their side of the border.
At the same time, about twenty-four Kampuchean refugees crossed the border onto the Thai said. The police at the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint, which is three hundred kilometres (190 miles) from Bangkok, said that one Thai soldier and a civilian had been wounded in the surprise attack. The Kampucheans withdrew back across the border after about two hours.
Police said it was still not certain what had provoked the incident and whether the attackers belonged to the troops loyal to the ousted Premier, Pol Pot, or to the new Vietnamese-backed administration in Phnom Pehn.
Two days earlier, the Vietnamese Communist party newspaper, Nhan Dan, in an editorial, asked: "Is Thailand really neutral?" The paper said that although the Bangkok government denied it, Thailand had been helping China supply weapons to the guerrillas of the ousted Pol Pot government. The newspaper said that Vietnam supported the Kampuchean charge that Thailand was allowing China to use Kok Kut island in the gulf of Siam to supply weapons and food to the pro-Peking guerrilla forces of Pol Pot.
Thailand has called the charge "utterly groundless" and General Kriangsak reported his pledge to maintain a policy of strict neutrality. As the Thai government assess the situation, their forces stayed on the alert against any repetition of the incident.