Cambodian PM, UNESCO chief talk renovation of Preah Vihear temple

Preah Vihear Temple

Cambodian PM, UNESCO chief talk renovation of Preah Vihear temple
Xinhua, 17 June 2013

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should not hesitate to renovate Preah Vihear temple because the temple is not relevant to territorial dispute with Thailand.

The premier made the remarks during a meeting with Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, the Prime Minister’s spokesman Eang Sophallet told reporters after the meeting.

“The UNESCO should not be reluctant to repair Preah Vihear temple because it is the issue of culture and heritage, not the issue relevant to sovereignty or land dispute,” Eang Sophallet quoted the premier as saying to Bokova.

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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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