Cambodia, Thai troops play sports to reduce border tension

19:41, May 19, 2010      

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Cambodian and Thai troops are playing volleyball and bowling together in a bid to reduce border tension and avoid further clashes, a military official said Wednesday.

Chhum Socheat, spokesman of Cambodia's Ministry of National Defense, said the match began Tuesday between the soldiers deployed along the border near Preah Vihear Temple, the center of border conflict.

He said the tournament will continue until May 21 at three border points not far from Preah Vihear Temple.

He said the initiative is to create friendly atmosphere and understanding between the two armies.

Cambodia and Thailand have fought three rounds of military clashes over border dispute since 2008.

Source: Xinhua

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