Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that Thailand will not cooperate with the World Heritage Committee if the Committee agrees to Cambodia’s management plan for the Preah Vihear temple that infringes upon the disputed Thai-Cambodian border area. The PM is sending a message to the WHC meeting in Brazil, where the management plan will be discussed. Thailand’s main concern is that the unsettled territory of 4.6 square kilometers, which has been the cause of recent border conflicts, may be included in the management plan, jeopardizing future negotiations.
Hundreds of activists also gathered outside of the UNESCO office in Bangkok on Tuesday to present a petition against Cambodian efforts to secure management control over the ancient temple. Mr. Chamlong Srimuang, the group leader and core member of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), said that UNESCO Bangkok's chief administration officer Edgar Sharuk had received the petition, and agreed to forward it to the World Heritage Committee.
Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site owned and managed by Cambodia on July 7, 2008. Cambodia is required to present its plan for management, preservation and development of the temple and its surrounding areas to the WHC at the meeting which will be held in Brazil from July 27 to Aug 3.
Protest against Preah Vihear temple listing [Bangkok Post, 27 July 2010]
PM firm on temple plan [Bangkok Post, 27 July 2010]