UNESCO team surveys Preah Vihear damage

A team from Unesco recently inspected the damage done to Preah Vihear after this year’s fighting between Cambodia and Thailand over the territory.

Preah Vihear, wikicommons image

UNESCO team views Preah Vihear damage

Phnom Penh Post, 15 December 2011

More than a dozen UNESCO volunteers visited the Preah Vihear temple yesterday to determine the extent of damages that resulted from armed battle near the temple in February, officials said.

Council of Ministers undersecretary of state Sous Yara, who accompanied the UNESCO delegation to the World Heritage site yesterday, said the visit was “very important” because it was UNESCO’s first since fighting broke out between Cambodia and Thailand in February.

“They came to see about the damage we reported to them from the fighting,” he said. “Thailand reported no damage, but now they see that there is damage.”

Full story here.

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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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