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The situation has been quiet enough on the Thai-Cambodian border that visitors are now being allowed back to the ancient Ta Muen Thom temple in Surin’s Phanom Dong Rak district. 

Ta Muen Thom temple in Phanom Dong Rak district of Surin is open to visitors again as the area has been free of border violence for almost two months. Visitors can enter the temple between 9am and 3pm every day. NOPPARAT KINGKAEO

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Quiet returns to the border

For the past two months, news of the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia has centred on hearings at the International Court of Justice and diplomatic efforts to reach a solution.

Thankfully, there has been little or no actual fighting between the two sides. In fact, things have been quiet enough that visitors are now being allowed back to the ancient Ta Muen Thom temple in Surin’s Phanom Dong Rak district.

The first group of Thai visitors to return to the temple ruins was a delegation of security network students from the Internal Security Operations Command.

The group of about 120 students and artists, led by assistant army chief-of-staff Lt Gen Surasak Kanchanarat, visited the temple on Saturday evening as part of their efforts to offer moral, material and financial support to security authorities deployed along the border.

The delegation found five traces of slight bullet and shrapnel damage on the temple structures and a large area of damaged forest adjacent to the temple.

The damage resulted from the clashes over the disputed territory in April and May.

Anyone intending to visit the temple must inform the Thai military in advance in the interests of security.

Thai soldiers have removed a fence built earlier to block Cambodian access to the temple.

The removal of the fence is intended to help relieve tensions along the border.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
dispute – a serious disagreement  ข้อโต้แย้ง
International Court of Justice – the World Court; the main judicial body of the United Nations ศาลยุติธรรมระหว่างประเทศ
diplomatic – relating to relations between countries เกี่ยวกับการทูต
solution – a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation  วิธีแก้ปัญหา
actual – real; existing in fact จริง
ancient – very old ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ
ruins – the remains of a building that has been badly damaged or destroyed ซากปรักหักพัง
delegation – a group of people chosen or elected by a group to represent them คณะผู้แทน, คณะบุคคลที่เป็นตัวแทนของคนกลุ่มใหญ่
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) – a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)
Chief-of-staff – the most senior officer in the army, navy, or air force  เสนาธิการ
moral support – giving someone encouragement ให้กำลังใจ
material – relating to physical objects or money ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับวัตถุ
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
deploy – (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action ส่ง (ทหารตำรวจ) ประจำการ
traces – very small amounts of something ร่องรอย
slight – small in size or amount เล็กน้อย
bullet – a small, metal object that is shot from a gun  กระสุนปืน
shrapnel – small pieces of metal that fly out of a bomb or bullet when it explodes เศษ กระสุนดาวกระจาย,กระสุนลูกแตก,เศษกระสุน
structure – something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts โครงสร้าง
adjacent – very near, next to, or touching ติดกัน
clash – a fight between groups of people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
disputed territory – an area claimed by two or more countries, groups or people  พื้นที่ที่เป็นกรณีพิพาท
intend – to plan to do; to want to happen ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
inform – to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way แจ้งให้ทราบ
in advance – before the time that is expected; before something happens ล่วงหน้า
block – to stop someone or something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
access – the ability or opportunity to enter a building or place  สิทธิ์เข้าสู่ โอกาสในการเข้าสู่
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
relieve – to help improve a bad situation ผ่อนคลาย, บรรเทา
tensions – the feelings caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries who do not agree about something and may attack each other ความตึงเครียด

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