Preah Vihear: ICJ rules in favour of Cambodia

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Speed review: Archaeology news from the last two weeks

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Between the Christmas and New Year celebrations, and my two weeks at the field, I didn’t have the time to cover any of the archaeology news that has surfaced in the last three weeks. In Wednesday Rojak style, here’s the quick summary of what’s been happening in Southeast Asia over the last three weeks: Skeletal remains in Malaysia, Digital Reconstruction in Cambodia, Restoration works in Vietnam and a Construction Mess in Indonesia.

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Cambodia and Thailand return to border talks

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The two nations return to the table again for talks on the disputed border around the Preah Vihear temple. Cambodia seems to be more aggressive this time round, threatening large-scale conflict. Let’s hope it does not come to that.

Cambodia ratchets up border row
Bangkok Post, 14 October 2008

Cambodia warns of armed border conflict
AFP, via Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 2008

Cambodia, Thailand resume talks on border spat
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 13 October 2008

Soldiers withdraw from third disputed temple, Cambodia seeks UN intervention (again)

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The standoff at the third disputed temple fizzles after two days, thanks to a calm meeting between the military commanders of boths sides over the weekend. This third incursion isn’t making relations between the two any better, and the Cambodian prime minister has indicated that they will seek to resolve the dispute through the UN, something that Cambodia has tried to do before.

Thai soldiers leave Ta Krabey
The Phnom Penh Post, 16 September 2008

Govt to take temple row to the UN
The Phnom Penh Post, 16 September 2008

Cambodia gripes that Thailand is ‘testing patience’
Bangkok Post, 15 September 2008
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Temple standoff on two fronts again

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Cambodia contests ownership of Ta Moan Thom as Thailand returns troops to occupy the temple, while at Preah Vihear the standoff has caused a surge of visitors in nationalistic fervour.

Cambodia reasserts claim over border temples
AP, via International Herald Tribune, 12 August 2008

Funds pour into Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 12 August 2008

Tourist visits double at Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 12 August 2008
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Preah Vihear simmers as more troops pour in

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The troop count has escalated on both sides of the Tha-Cambodian border, although both armies have been showing unusual restraint (and there are even hints that the Thais do know they are on the wrong side of the border). Both governments have agreed to meet for talks on Monday.

Cambodia, Thailand continue troop buildup at disputed border
The Straits Times, 17 July 2008

Cambodia PM says Thai border row getting worse
Reuters, 17 July 2008

Temple could draw millions of tourists
The Nation, 17 July 2008