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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

Thailand will remain a member of the World Heritage Committee and will ask it to wait for a ruling from the International Court of Justice before considering Cambodia’s plan to manage the World Heritage-listed Preah Vihear temple.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul announced the decision after attending a meeting of the government’s committee on the World Heritage Convention on Thursday.

Others at the meeting included Deputy Prime Minister Kowit Wattana, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk and Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem.

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