Translated from Khmer by Socheata
An informed RCAF source based in Preah Vihear temple told The Kampuchea Thmei newspaper that in the afternoon of 14 October, 2 Thai tanks quietly moved to position at the foothill of Phnom Trop. The source indicated that these 2 tanks are equipped with modern weapons as if they are prepared to take some kind of action. On the other hand, fresh Thai troops are also deployed behind these tanks, they are composed of black-clad troops and paratroopers. General Chea Dara, the RCAF commander, told The Kampuchea Thmei that Cambodian troops are also prepared to shoot them down if they move into Cambodian territories. Chea Dara said that if these tanks remain inside Thailand and they do not move around unusually, there will be no problem, but if they trespass into Cambodia, Cambodia has the automatic rights to protect itself. There is no indication as to why these new tanks were sent in here. The Cambodian commander in Phnom Trop said that the 2 Thai tanks were sent in at 1:30PM on 14 October. Furthermore, Thai troops tried to camouflage them with tree leaves, they are stationed about 80-meter from the Cambodian army line.