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Cambodia is expected to announce the withdrawal of troops from a demilitarised zone near Preah Vihear temple today. 

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Residents near Preah Vihear temple are hoping that border incidents will be a thing of the past after troops withdraw. Here a soldier watches over students at PhumSrol school in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district during a previous conflict between the countries over the small overlapping area near the Preah Vihear temple ruins. CHANAT KATANYU

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Cambodia to move troops

Withdrawal from temple area would ease tensions
Cambodia is expected to announce the withdrawal of troops from a demilitarised zone near Preah Vihear temple today.

The gesture is timed to coincide with the official start of the 45th Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh, military sources said.

The Cambodian troop withdrawal would represent a positive move towards improved relations between the two governments, observers said.

The Preah Vihear temple dispute is the legacy of the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration, and is the only thorny bilateral issue which the current government has had to address, the sources said.

Sporadic border conflicts have erupted over the territory near the Hindu temple since Unesco listed it as a World Heritage site on July 7, 2008.

Serious clashes took place in February and April last year.

Acting on Phnom Penh's complaint, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18, 2011 ordered that Cambodia and Thailand immediately withdraw their troops from a 17.3 square kilometre demilitarised zone near the temple.

Cambodia's troop withdrawal announcement is expected to improve the country's image, observers said, as Phnom Penh hosts a series of meetings –  including the 19th Asean Regional Forum and the 2nd East Asian Summit, which will be attended by major global powers including China, Japan, the US and the EU.

The current Thai and Cambodian leaders share the view that troops should be moved from the disputed border area at Preah Vihear temple, sources said.

residents – people living in a particular area ประชาชนผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
withdraw - to take or move out or back ถอนตัวจาก
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
overlapping – (of areas of land) covering parts of each other  ที่คาบเกี่ยวกัน
ruins – the remains of a building that has been badly damaged or destroyed ซากปรักหักพัง
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
withdrawal – the act of no longer being involved in something การถอนตัว,
ease – to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious 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
demilitarised zone – an area from which military forces have been removed or are not allowed to be เขตปลอดทหาร
gesture – something that you do or say to show a particular feeling or intention ท่าที
coincide with – to happen at the same time as something else  เกิดขึ้นพร้อมกับ
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
positive – in a good way ในทางบวก
improve – to make better  ทำให้ดีขึ้น
relations – the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other ความสัมพันธ์
observer – a person who watches and analyses a situation ผู้สังเกตการณ์
dispute – a serious disagreement  ข้อโต้แย้ง
legacy – something that someone has achieved that continues to exists after they stop working or die สิ่งที่สืบทอด
thorny – causing difficulty or disagreement  มีหนาม,ยุ่งยาก,มีอุปสรรคมาก,ลำบากมาก
bilateral – involving two groups or countries สองข้าง, เกี่ยวกับกลุ่มทางการเมืองสองกลุ่ม
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
address – to deal with a problem จัดการปัญหา
sporadic – not regular or frequent ซึ่งเกิดขึ้นนานๆ ครั้ง,  ที่เกิดขึ้นเป็นพักๆ
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
erupt – to start suddenly ปะทุขึ้น
territory – an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army อาณาบริเวณ  อาณาเขตประเทศ
World Heritage site – a place, building, structure, etc. that has been determined by the UN to be of great historical or culture value and is given a special protected status โบราณสถานที่เป็นมรดกโลก
clash – a brief fight between two or more people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
image – an opinion that people have about someone or something ภาพลักษณ์
host – to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
global – known throughout the world ระดับโลก

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