Bangkok flipflopping on Preah Vihear: from “not a topic of discussion” to “top of agenda” for Samak’s visit to Phnom Penh
Preah Vihear to top the agenda of Samak’s visit to Cambodia
Friday February 29, 2008
Moreover, the Thai side believes the area that covers about 7.2 sq km should not be included in the area to be designated a World Heritage site.
Last year, Cambodia tried to register the site with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) alone. But the UN agency delayed its decision, urging the two countries to resolve the issue together.
”Due to the unsettled border, Cambodia cannot register the ruins alone. If Cambodia wants to apply for World Heritage status, the proposal should be jointly submitted with Thailand because the area is supervised by two countries.
”If Cambodia pushes on with its idea, it should not include the 7.2 sq km disputed area because it means Thailand might lose its sovereignty over the area in question,” the source said.
Mr Samak’s trip will follow a two-day official visit to Laos which begins today.
A meeting of the World Heritage committee will be convened from July 4 to 12 in Canada.