Thailand reaffirms position on Preah Vihear

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirmed his country’s position on Preah Vihear at a recent meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposing Cambodia’s intention to develop the disputed territory near the temple.

Abhisit sets out Thai position on temple
Bangkok Post, 22 November 2010

PM firm on Preah Vihear stance
Bangkok Post, 21 November 2010

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has clearly told his Cambodian counterpart that Thailand opposes any attempt to develop disputed territory adjacent to the ancient Preah Vihear temple.

Mr Abhisit said he held bilateral talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen last week on the sidelines of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy meeting in Phnom Penh.

Mr Abhisit said during his weekly talk show yesterday morning that it was the first time the two leaders had seriously discussed issues relating to the proposed development near the temple as part of the Preah Vihear World Heritage project.

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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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