Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak Chomanan, has denied that his country's armed forces are on the alert because of the invasion of neighbouring Kampuchea (Cambodia).
Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak Chomanan, has denied that his country's armed forces are on the alert because of the invasion of neighbouring Kampuchea (Cambodia). In a radio broadcast, he advised the nation that there was no cause for panic. In the aftermath of the fall of Phnom Penh, several hundred Chinese and North Korean technicians - in addition to dozens of foreign embassy staff -- are streaming across the border from Kampuchea into Thailand. On Tuesday (9 January), reports said that many more refugees were stranded on the West (Kampuchean) bank of the Mekong River. Thai officials have reported fighting in the area, and there was an air raid near the town of Aranyaprathet, in the border ZONE.
SYNOPSIS: The situation along Thailand' border with Kampuchea is becoming increasingly tense as the fighting moves closer to the frontier. On Tuesday (9 January), an unidentified aircraft bombed a military camp in thai territory near the border zone. Reports said the plane then returned to Kampuchea. At the same time, Vietnamese war planes have reportedly been striking deep into Kampuchea in support of the rebel forces there.
Military officials in thailand say they are not certain exactly who carried out the bombing raid.
Meanwhile, refugees are continuing to cross into Thailand, many of them alleging atrocities committed by the Kampuchean forces. Thai farmers along the frontier are racing to harvest their crops, now threatened by the conflict.
Thai armed forces along the frontier with Kampuchea are bracing themselves for a possible attack, but on tuesday there was no sign of any invasion force in the immediate vicinity of the border zone.