Fighting between Khmer Rouge guerillas and Cambodian forces continued late yesterday, dampening hopes of an immediate surrender following the cremation of Pol Pot. Artillery shells and anti-tank rockets smashed into hillsides around Khmer Rouge hamlets on the border but Thai military sources said the scale of the exchanges had been slightly less than in recent days. Claims from senior cadres that the Khmer Rouge movement was 'no more' following Pol Pot's stark cremation on Saturday appeared to count for little as life continued as normal around the village of Srabua. Early-season rains doused the last embers of the pyre of tyres and sticks on which Pol Pot was reduced to ashes at the reputed age of 73. His second wife, Mia Som, 40, sat nearby in an apparent vigil. Incoming rounds fired from the guerillas' former stronghold of Anlong Veng were returned and soldiers were seen in uniforms still sporting the Khmer Rouge classic red scarves, military officials said. 'They may now call themselves the National Solidarity Party, but it means very little until there is real progress and even surrender,' one diplomat said. 'Make no bones about it. We are dealing with the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot or no Pol Pot.' The guerillas were still managing to hold an area estimated to be 40 kilometres wide and 18km deep that runs from the Thai border to the edge of Anlong Veng. An estimated 10,000 villagers remain in crude camps sandwiched between the border and main Khmer Rouge positions, around which most of its 1,200 remaining fighters are based. A Thai military source said the depleted guerillas were having to sell more than 10,000 cattle and buffalo to Thai villagers. 'If they have to leave people to care for these animals, they will not have enough soldiers to fight the Government,' he said. Political supremo Khieu Samphan and commander Ta Mok remain in the area but are understood to have spoken to Thai counterparts as part of secret peace talks under way in Bangkok.