Thai historian advocates joint control of border heritage sites

A Thai historian advocated the joint control of heritage sites along the border to prevent cross-border conflicts, most prominently with regard to the Preah Vihear temple in the Dangrek Mountains.

Historian advocates joint control of border heritage sites
The Nation, 23 January 2011

Countries in the Mekong River basin and the Dangrek Mountain range should consider creating a trans-boundary world heritage site of cultural and natural resources to end their border conflicts, prominent historian Charnvit Kasetsiri proposed over the weekend.

Speaking at a seminar “Our Boundaries, Our Asean Neighbours” on Friday, Charnvit said countries in the region had a lot of cultural and natural heritage left by ancestors centuries ago, some of which were sources of conflict.

Thailand and Cambodia have been at loggerheads over the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear for half a century. The proposal by Cambodia to list the ruined temple as a World Heritage site in 2008 fuelled conflict between the neighbouring countries.


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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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