Thailand resists approval for Cambodia's plan for 11th-century Hindu temple

16:41, July 28, 2010      

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Thailand's cabinet meeting on Wednesday resolved to oppose the endorsement of Cambodia's management plan for the ancient Preah Vihear temple by the World Heritage Committee, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

According to the Bangkok Post's website, local media reports citing an informed source at Government House said the cabinet resolutions include Thailand's opposing Cambodia's management plan for the Hindu Preah Vihear temple that infringes upon the disputed border area.

Secondly, the Thai government will review its membership at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), if the international agency endorses the management plan.

Thirdly, Thailand's Foreign Ministry is assigned to send letters informing the Thai cabinet's resolutions to the UNESCO and the meeting of the World Heritage panel in Brasilia, Brazil.

Thailand and Cambodia have historically laid claim to the site, which is located on a mountain top on the Thai-Cambodia border. The disputed area of 4.6 square kilometers has not been demarcated.

In 1962 the International Court of Justice ruled that the 11th- century Preah Vihear temple belonged to Cambodia.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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