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CWCI Statement on Preah Vihear Temple

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Translated from Khmer by Socheata

Kistiansand, 01 March 2008
In view of the various information about the reaction by Thai government leaders to successively oppose the listing of the Preah Vihear Temple on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and in particular, the plan to raise the issue of Preah Vihear Temple to discuss during state meeting between Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who will visit Cambodia on 03 March 2008, and the Cambodian Prime Minister, the Cambodia Watchdog Council International (CWCI) believes that all the opposition by the Thai government to the case of Preah Vihear Temple, is nothing but its uncivilized ambition, and it is also a violation of the judgment rendered by The Hague International Court of Jusitce which Thailand agreed to on 15 June 1962.

In this case, CWCI asks the government of Cambodia to show a clear stance to the Thai counterpart to resolve the issue of Preah Vihear Temple, based on the respect of the judgment handed down by The Hague International Court of Justice, and to unilaterally (present its case) without the participation of the Thai counterpart at the summit meeting of the World Heritage Commission which will be held in Canada on 04-12 July 2008.

CWCI would like to stress to the Thai government also that Thailand must abide by the judgment rendered by the International Court of Justice, and it should have the goodwill to resolve the border issues with its Cambodian counterpart, under the spirit of respect of territorial integrity, sovereignty, and with an end to interference to internal affairs of Cambodia, in the name of likewise ASEAN members, and as the signatory of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements on Cambodia.

CWCI is calling on civil society, political organizations, and the Cambodian public to participate in the protection of Preah Vihear Temple which is the cultural heritage and the common assets of our Nation.

(Signed) Men Nath
CWCI President


Written by Kolbot Khmer

March 3, 2008 at 6:17 pm

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