A correction to a previous post reporting that Preah Vihear is set to reopen (thanks Alison!), Cambodia has announced that the gate to Preah Vihear will remian closed until the situation has returned to its pre-conflict state.
Phay Siphan: The Preah Vihear gate will be opened only when Thai troops have been withdrawn
Radio Free Asia, via Khmerization, 11 February 2009
A Cambodian official said that Cambodia will consider opening the entry to Preah Vihear from the Thai side only when all Thai troops are withdrawn from the areas.
The entry to Preah Vihear from the Thai side has been closed when Thai troops invaded the areas on 15th October 2008 after the temple was declared a world heritage site.
Mr. Phay Siphan (pictured), spokesman for the Council of Ministers, said that Cambodia will consider opening the gate when there is no more deployments of Thai troops in the areas. He said: “At this moment, we are insisting for the return of these areas to the pre-15th July 2008 situation. This is the point that we are demanding. And we made it clear that whenever the conflict is resolved, we will turn the areas into an international tourist zone and tha’ts when we will open the entry from the Thai side.”