Preah Vihear tussle in the last WHC meeting

Preah Vihear became a source of contention again for Thailand and Cambodia during the recent World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil a couple of weeks ago when Cambodia submitted a proposal to solely manage the controversial site, much to the chagrin of their Thai neighbours leading to protests. The committee decided to postpone any plan raised by Cambodia on the basis that there was too little time to review it and it will be looked into again next year. Hopefully, this will lead to dialogue between the two countries in jointly managing the site, particularly in demarcating the borders in the vicinity of Preah Vihear which is still in dispute.

Preah Vihear to be raised at heritage meet
Bangkok Post, 22 July 2010

Thailand and Cambodia tussle over World Heritage Site Preah Vihear Temple, 27 July 2010

Protest against Preah Vihear temple listing
Bangkok Post, 27 July 2010

Thai cabinet opposes Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple management plan
MCOT, 28 July 2010

Abhisit threatens to reconsider UNESCO ties over Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 29 July 2010

Thailand may quit UN body over temple issue [Link no longer available]
Laos News Net, 29 July 2010

Preah Vihear’s borders ‘must come first’
Bangkok Post, 29 July 2010

Temple tension mounts
Phnom Penh Post, 30 July 2010

WHC postpones decision on temple plan to next year
Bangkok Post, 31 July 2010

PM tells media to study UNESCO resolution as Cambodia claims victory on Preah Vihear issue
MCOT News, 31 July 2010

Temple Row Sours Thai-Cambodian Ties—Again
The Irrawady, 31 July 2010

PM urges Thais to support government on ancient temple
MCOT News, 01 August 2010

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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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