Unesco snubs Thailand's Preah Vihear Protest

Cambodian officials at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville, Spain announced that the meeting refused to consider Thailand’s protest on the listing of Preah Vihear and has continued with its scheduled agenda. There hasn’t been any report of this in the Thai media (not surprising, if this were true), and border tensions are high once again.

Seville
photo credit: Metro Centric

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UNESCO has refused to hear a complaint by Thailand over Preah Vihear temple’s listing as a World Heritage site at the annual meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Seville, Spain, Cambodian officials said Wednesday.

Last week, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that Thailand would use the 33rd session of the committee to contest its July 2008 inscription of the temple.

“The Thais tried to put Preah Vihear on the agenda, but the World Heritage Committee won’t consider [it]. They are moving ahead with the main agenda,” Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said Wednesday.


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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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