Cambodia request to inspect Bangkok trove stalled

Bangkok trove of artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150101

The Cambodian request to inspect a trove of Khmer artefacts seized in Bangkok has been stalled indefinitely, with the Thai government citing ‘internal issues’.

Bangkok trove of artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150101
Bangkok trove of artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150101

Request for artefacts is postponed
Phnom Penh Post, 01 January 2015

P’Penh stalled over Pongpat antiques
Bangkok Post, 01 January 2015

Cambodia’s request to inspect an enormous stash of ancient artefacts seized earlier this month in Thailand has been indefinitely postponed, an official said yesterday.

“Thailand informed we would have to wait a while as they are solving some internal problems,” said Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kuong said he isn’t sure exactly what those internal issues are, but confirmed Cambodia’s continued interest in the collection of sculptures, statues and bas-reliefs.

“We want to check them to know if any belong to Cambodia,” he said.

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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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