In northwest Cambodia, the flag of the defeated Khmer Republic regime is still flying over a remote diehard garrison positioned in an old Buddhist temple.
WS pan Preah Vihear temple
MS soldier on radio
MS soldiers past (2 shots)
WS monks + soldiers
CU carving zoom to WS
MS pan to Khmer flag
MS soldier pan cliffs + plain
WS refugee camp near surin
MS zoom refugees
CU Khmer soldiers (2 shots)
MS refugees seated (2 shots)
MS barricade on border road (3 shots)
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Background: In northwest Cambodia, the flag of the defeated Khmer Republic regime is still flying over a remote diehard garrison positioned in an old Buddhist temple.
About 150 soldiers-some with their families-are waiting developments in Preah Vihear, a famous Buddhist temple built on a clifftop overlooking Cambodia's northwest plain. Access is easy from Thailand but only up steep cliffs from the Cambodian side.
The soldiers are out of radio contact with their former comrades. They know Phnom Penh has fallen but say they will fight the Khmer Rouge if attacked.
Until something happens, the soldiers mingle with the monks and stay on the alert at Preah Vihear, built in the 11th century at the height of the great Khmer Empire which produced such wonders as Angkor Wat.
Over the border in Thailand, about 20,000 Cambodians have now sought refuge since the fall of Phnom Penh. Most are in temporary camps like this one near Surin-close to Thailand's 250-mile border with Cambodia.
From the beginning, Thailand said it would not accept refugees and tried to seal the border--but many Cambodians squeezed through posing internal-problems for Thailand which has recognised the new regime in Phnom Penh.
As the refugees settle down to make their camps more comfortable, Thai border police are strengthening road barricades to prevent a further influx.