Finger pointing over damaged temple

Well, it had to happen eventually when you’re opening fire in a heritage site. A staircase and a naga (snake) statue have been damaged, apparently from rocket fire, and both parties have accused each other in causing damage to the heritage site.

Thailand denies damaging Cambodian world heritage temple
AFP, 27 October 2008

Thailand accused of damaging temple
The Nation, 27 October 2007

Cambodia accuse Thai troops of damaging ancient temple
Radio Australia, 27 October 2008

World Heritage temple damaged in clashes
AFP, via AsiaOne, 26 October 2008

The Phnom Penh Post also reports some hopeful news – that the UNESCO committee is expected to demarcate the Preah Vihear Site at the end of the year, which may put the border dispute to rest once and for all.

Unesco to dermarcate Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 24 October 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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