Preah Vihear: Thailand will not block UNESCO bid

The latest on the Preah Vihear/Prasat Phra Viharn dispute between Thailand and Cambodia: The Thai PM has indicated that Thailand will not block Cambodia’s attempt to list the border temple as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Thailand, Cambodia agree on UN plan for disputed temple
Macau Daily Times, 05 March 2008

Newly-elected Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said his government had reached an agreement with their neighbour allowing Cambodia to propose Preah Vihear temple — but not the surrounding land — as a World Heritage site.

“Cambodia and Thailand are preparing to issue a joint communique, but first I have to inform the Thai people,” Samak told reporters yesterday as he returned from an overnight trip to Cambodia, his first as prime minister.

“Cambodia confirmed that they will propose only the temple site for World Heritage status, not the surrounding area,” he added.

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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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