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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Fresh fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces

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Another firefight between Cambodian and Thai forces broke out today at another disputed border temple, Ta Krabey. Reports of casualties and deaths sustained on both sides.

Thailand and Cambodia in fresh border clash
BBC, 22 April 2011

New border clash kills 4 Thai soldiers
Bangkok Post, 22 April 2011

New fighting at border
Phnom Penh Post, 22 April 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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Unesco representative meets with Thai and Cambodian officials over Preah Vihear

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Over the last week, an envoy from Unesco has been in talks with the Thai and Cambodian governments over the dispute at the Preah Vihear border as well as to inspect the damage done to the temple from the recent fighting. The envoy will visit the temple with Indonesian observers (who are appointed on behalf of ASEAN) in a couple of weeks time.

UNESCO envoy due on Sunday
Phnom Penh Post, 23 Feb 2011

UNESCO Envoy To Visit Cambodia, Thailand
Bernama, 24 Feb 2011

Unesco envoy to meet Kasit, Suwit
Bangkok Post, 25 Feb 2011

Proposed Thai-Cambodian JBC In Jakarta, March 7-8
Bernama, 25 Feb 2011

Unesco told to delay consideration
The Nation, 26 Feb 2011

Unesco special envoy ‘supports Thai stance’
Bangkok Post, 26 Feb 2011

UNESCO envoy arrives
Phnom Penh Post, 27 Feb 2011
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Preah Vihear: ASEAN to send observers

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will send monitors to the disputed border at Preah Vihear to assess the situation there. The sending of ASEAN monitors is seen as a compromise between Thailand’s and Cambodia’s differing stands on resolving the conflict; the former wants to resolve issues bilaterally while the latter is seeking the intervention of the UN. An unofficial ceasefire is currently in effect to prevent further bloodshed and damage to the ancient temple.

ASEAN to send monitors to Thai-Cambodia border
AP, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 February 2011
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Preah Vihear: Ceasefire brokered

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The Phnom Penh Post reports that a ceasefire has been brokered between the Thai and the Cambodian forces over recent fighting near the Preah Vihear temple. Weapons fire from the last round of fighting reportedly damaged the ancient temple and the prolonged dispute has strained relations between both countries.

Preah Vihear, wikicommons image

Border ceasefire brokered
Phnom Penh Post, 20 February 2011
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Thai MPs petition to put Preah Vihear listing on hold

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120 Thai MPs petition the House Speaker to request that Unesco delay listing the controversial temple until the borders can be properly demarcated.

Govt MPs oppose listing of P.Vihear
Bangkok Post, 16 Feb 2011

UN urges cease-fire, peaceful Thai-Cambodia settlement
AP, via Todayonline, 16 Feb 2011

Cambodia urges ASEAN ceasefire deal with Thailand
AFP, via Todayonline, 18 Feb 2011
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