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Thai claim on Cambodian temple dismissed

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Posted by travelfishnews on 27/6/2009 at 12:44

The PP Post reports that UNESCO has refused to hear a complaint by Thailand over Preah Vihear temple's listing, Cambodian officials said Wednesday. Last week, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that Thailand would contest its July 2008 inscription of the temple. Local civil society groups applauded the committee's move. Cambodian border troops say they remain on alert for any Thai incursions. "We welcome the news that UNESCO has refused Thailand's request for a discussion about Preah Vihear temple," said Brigade 8 commander Yim Phim. "If [the Thais] ... do not try any more moves into Cambodian territory, there will be no clashes."

Surely the move by the Thais was done for domestic purposes -- they couldn't possibly have seriously thought UNESCO would second guess its own decision? Looks like Preah Vihear will stay on traveller itineraries for a little while longer -- or has anyone been lately?

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Posted by sayadian on 27/6/2009 at 14:16

Most people visit from the Thai side because it's easier acccess.The access has been closed though I do not know if it has re-opened.Perhaps someone can say?
From the Cambodian side it sounds like a bit of a trek.It certainly looks a long way down into Cambodia when you view from the temple itself.
I am sure this clash was manufactured to whip up nationalism to cover up domestic problems in Thailand.
Maybe Thailand doesn't realise that the World finds an airport hijack more interesting than a small clash over a temple.

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