Cambodia and Thailand on April 26 agreed to hold ceasefire talks as border clashes spread to the vicinity of the ancient Preah Vihear Temple on the fifth day of fighting between the two countries, said the Cambodian Defence Ministry.

Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan will travel to Phnom Penh to discuss with his Cambodian counterpart, Tea Banh, on the ceasefire in the near future.

On April 26, Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire at the disputed area near Preah Vihear temple by guns and short-range rockets within 30 minutes.

The Cambodian Government spokesperson said that Thailand ’s jet fighters flied to the Cambodian territorial area near the World Heritage-recognised temple.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on April 25 urged Thailand and Cambodia to show restraint and take measures to clear away tension.

To date, at least 12 soldiers have been killed and 57 others wounded on both sides in five days of fighting./.