peace talks Thursday, a day after a deadly gunbattle near an 11th-century temple sparked fears of war.
Thousands of Cambodian villagers living near the hilltop Preah Vihear temple fled their homes, fearing more violence.
Families packed rice, clothes and chickens into cars, pickup trucks and carts pulled by motorized plowing machines,
forming long convoys heading away from the border zone.
Senior military officials from the two neighboring Southeast Asian nations met in Thailand's Sisaket province, just across
the border from Cambodia, to discuss the previous day's clash, which killed at least two Cambodian soldiers and
wounded 10 from both sides.
Wednesday's clash was the first deadly fighting since July, when UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, approved
Cambodia's bid to make Preah Vihear temple a U.N. World Heritage site.
The decision flared long-standing tensions between the neighbors, who both claim land around the temple, and prompted
the two countries to rush troops to the border.
"The situation on the border is calm, but Thai and Cambodian troops are still facing each other at critical points," said
Col. Thanya Kiatisarn, a Thai military official at the border.
On the Cambodian side, Associated Press reporters saw dozens of additional Cambodian troops in armored personnel
carriers on their way to the front line.
"We have been ordered by our commanders to be on alert and ready to fight," said a Cambodian soldier at the temple,
Capt. Theam Thuy.