via Bangkok Post, 15 April 2019: Si Thep and Phanom Rung in Thailand to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage.
Residents in Phetchabun province who oppose oil exploration near an ancient historical site can breathe a sigh of relief after the cabinet approved a proposal to push for Si Thep Historical Park to be granted Unesco World Heritage Site status.
Last Tuesday, the cabinet also approved Phanom Rung Historical Park in Buri Ram province to be registered as such.
Thai delegates will present the registration application for the two sites at a Unesco meeting in Azerbaijan in June, according to Cultural Minister Veera Rojpojanarat.
The approval process is likely to take two years, and Thailand can place both sites on the “Tentative List” until their status is confirmed.