Thai defence ministry speaks out on Preah Vihear dispute

A minor furore erupted when a spokesman for the Thai defence ministry spoke out on the ongoing dispute about management of the Preah Vihear temple, which resides on Cambodian soil but is only accessible through the Thai side of the border.

Preah Vihear, Creative Commons image by Hintz Family
Creative Commons image by Hintz Family

Army warns dispute could have repercussions
Bangkok Post, 25 January 2008
Note: Link is no longer available

Military bungles over Preah Vihear
Nation Multimedia, 26 January 2008

The World Court has judged the ancient ruins as being part of Cambodia. However, the two countries have not come to a demarcation agreement on some immediate border areas around the sanctuary.

Lt-Gen Pichasanu said the World Heritage listing could lead to the disputed areas being annexed by Cambodia which, he said, has tried to rally international support for the sanctuary to be
given Heritage status.

The editorial on the Nation speaks out against the Defence ministry’s comment.

Related Books:
Art & Architecture of Cambodia (World of Art) by H. I. Jessup
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford
Angkor: A Tour of the Monuments by T. Zephir and L. Invernizzi
Cambodian Architecture: Eighth to Thirteenth Centuries (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) by J. Dumarcay and P. Royere

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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