Thai "yellow-shirt" threatens more protests if parliament passes demarcation report

20:30, November 02, 2010      

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Thousands of protesters from the People Alliance for Democracy (PAD) took to the streets Tuesday, calling for the Thai government to scrap the memos concerning the demarcation of the Thai-Cambodian dispute border areas.

The Parliament was scheduled to convene to vote in approving a series of documents, constituting the framework in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Thai-Cambodian demarcation and border issues.

Thailand and Cambodia signed a memorandum of understanding in 2000 to establish a Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) to demarcate overlapping parts of their boundary, but the framework for border demarcation has not been approved by the Thai parliament as required by the constitution.

The two neighboring nations have been locked in a military standoff on their disputed border since July 2008, when the historic Preah Vihear temple was granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

The International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple belonged to Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand. The exact boundary through the surrounding grounds remains in dispute, with occasional full-scale military skirmishes claiming a number of lives.

However, the PAD claimed that panel in the parliament comprise of 7 senators and 23 Members of Parliament, most of which are pro- government MPs.

The PAD added that when it comes to the issue concerning demarcation along the Thai-Cambodian border, the Abhisit administration tends to play soft-diplomacy by giving way to Cambodia.

Feeling the heat from the protesters, the House resolved to set up a 30-member joint committee to review the MOU within 30 days.

After learning of the parliament resolution, the PAD made an appointment to rally again at Makhawan Rangsan bridge on Nov. 11.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he will confer with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on the two countries' border issue on the sidelines of the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting to be held in Belgium this week.

Source: Xinhua


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