Following the latest damage to the Preah Vihear temple from the firefight in early April, the Cambodian government intends to ask the international community for guarantees of protection for the site. While the site definitely needs protection from vandals, I can’t help but wonder if this is just a way for the Cambodian government to up the pressure on the Thais (particularly in their current state of turmoil) and get them to back down? This move does not square with the resolution of both countries to solve the conflict at the diplomatic table.
Cambodian gov’t agrees to contain temple vandalism with int’l intervention
Xinhua, 14 April 2009