Preah Vihear talks end with no resolution in sight

After almost a week of tense showdowns between the Thai and Cambodian army, the day started with a hopeful note as officials from Thailand and Cambodia meet to defuse the meeting. Negotiations proved unfruitful, however, as both sides could not come to an agreement about the territory surrounding the temple in dispute. The talks is now both armies could be staying for months – surely this can’t be good for either country?

Cambodia-Thai temple dispute talks start
AFP, 21 July 2008

Thailand, Cambodia holds talks on temple row
Reuters, 21 July 2008

In tussle over Cambodian ‘Hindu’ temple, religion suffers [Link no longer active]
The Cambodia News, 21 July 2008

Thailand, Cambodia to discuss border dispute [Link no longer active]
MCOT, 21 July 2008

Talks fail to end Thai-Cambodia temple row
Reuters, 21 July 2008

Thailand, Cambodia Back Off in Dispute—A Little [Link no longer active]
The Irrawady, 21 July 2008

Armed, wary – and friendly [Link no longer active]
Bangkok Post, 21 July 2008

No deal in Cambodia-Thai temple dispute talks
Channel NewsAsia, 21 July 2008

Go on PR offensive, govt urged [Link no longer active]
Bangkok Post, 21 July 2008

Why Thai-Cambodian Temple dispute lingers
Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2008

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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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