Thailand, Cambodia argue Preah Vihear in front of ICJ

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Thailand and Cambodia are presenting arguments before the International Court of Justice to determine the ownership of the land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple. The temple has been a source of contention between the two countries particularly since it was inscribed as a Cambodian World Heritage Site in 2008.

Preah Vihear Temple

UN court reopens case on ancient temple at core of Thai-Cambodian border dispute
United Nations News Centre, 15 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand clash over temple at top UN court
AFP, via Yahoo News, 15 April 2013

Preah Vihear temple: UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
BBC News, 15 April 2013

UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
Al Jazeera, 15 April 2013

Thailand prepares to counter Cambodian claims, find loopholes
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia Counters Thai Border Claims at the Hague
Cambodia Daily, 16 April 2013

Cambodia’s ICJ stance ‘expected’
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand lock horns over temple
Canberra Times, 16 April 2013
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Thailand withdraws from World Heritage withdrawal

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The new government of Thailand has opted to remain a member of the World Heritage Committee, overturning its previous intention earlier this year to withdraw from the world heritage convention following a dispute over the Preah Vihear site.

Thailand to stay in World Heritage committee
Bangkok Post, 13 October 2011

Thailand to maintain World Heritage Committee membership
MCOT News, 13 October 2011

Govt reverses WHC pull-out
Bangkok Post, 14 October 2011
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Preah Vihear: ICJ orders troop withdrawal on both countries

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The International Court of Justice orders Cambodia and Thailand to both withdraw their troops from the disputed area, setting up a demilitarized zone while the court prepares to clarify its previous 1962 decision to award Cambodia Preah Vihear.

Thai-Cambodian troops ‘must leave Preah Vihear temple’
BBC, 18 July 2011

Thailand, Cambodia ordered to withdraw troops
The Nation, 18 July 2011

ICJ Ruling
The Nation, 18 July 2011

UN court orders Thai, Cambodian troops to withdraw
Channel NewsAsia, 19 July 2011
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Thailand pulls out of Unesco

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The big news over the weekend is Thailand’s withdrawal from the Unesco World Heritage Convention, after the World Heritage committee supposedly decided to accept Cambodia’s management plan (The plan was apparently tabled for discussion). It looks like Thailand has upped the ante now, and with their withdrawal it means that their country no longer has to comply with Unesco rulings. I wonder how this withdrawal will affect their relations with Cambodia and also, what their resignation means for their other world heritage sites like Ban Chiang, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Also, how does the current Thai elections, scheduled for this Sunday, fit into this issue?

Border villagers living in fear
Bangkok Post, 27 June 2011

Cabinet to discuss WHC implications
Bangkok Post, 27 June 2011

Thailand withdraws from World Heritage Convention
VOV News, 27 June 2011

UNESCO Director-General regrets the announcement of Thailand’s intention to denounce the 1972 World Heritage Convention
Unesco Press, 26 June 2011

Thai leader defends leaving UN heritage site body
AP, via Today, 26 June 2011

Thailand quits heritage body amid temple row
AFP, via Saigon Giai Phong, 26 June 2011

Thailand pulls out of World Heritage Convention
MCOT, 26 June 2011

Government to pull out of WHC
Bangkok Post, 26 June 2011

Thailand threatens to quit World Heritage group
Bangkok Post, 25 June 2011

Preah Vihear plan set for UNESCO review
Phnom Penh Post, 24 June 2011
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The politics behind Preah Vihear

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I like Al Jazeera. As a news network, I’ve found the overage to be pretty good, especially when compared to the other western, more established networks (*cough* CNN). In this feature piece, the politics behind the conflict at Preah Vihear is discussed, with particular focus on the Thai side of the border.

Preah Vihear, wikicommons image

Who does the Preah Vihear temple belong to?
Al Jazeera, 04 June 2011
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Cambodian-Thai conflict fuelled by ignorance

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I suspect that the present conflict over the shared borders between Cambodia and Thailand are fuelled by politics and parties capitalising on nationalist pride more than historical or archaeological accuracy. So it’s no surprise, and in some sense it is, that students don’t know about the histories of their neighbouring countries which has also contributed to the heated arguments over the ownership of the temple and the land surrounding it.

Border Conflict Helped by Ignorance: Scholar
VOA News Khmer – 05 April 2011
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