Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia announced Friday that its prime minister will make an urgent visit to Laos as he demanded its government withdraw soldiers he claimed are encroaching on territory in northeastern Cambodia.

Cambodia’s foreign ministry announced Hun Sen’s trip to the Laotian capital Vientiane after he threatened to use force to expel the Laotian troops if they did not withdraw by Thursday.

Hun Sen said Friday that the problem began in April when about 30 Laotian soldiers entered a no-man’s land on the border to stop Cambodian military engineers from building a road on what Cambodia maintains is its territory in Stung Treng province.