Archive for July 13th, 2010
Bt10m put aside to fight Cambodia on Preah Vihear
By The Nation
Published on July 14, 2010
The Cabinet yesterday allocated Bt10 million for the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to use in the campaign
againstCambodia’s management plan on Preah Vihear’s, which it will present at the World Heritage committee meeting in Brazil later this month.
The Hindu temple near the Thai-Cambodian border was listed in July 2008 as a World Heritage Site, but Thailand has been lobbying member countries to delay Phnom Penh’s management plan owing to disputes in areas adjacent to the temple.
The Thai authorities want Cambodia’s management plan to be delayed until the border dispute is settled, the government’s deputy spokesman Marut Masayawanit said.
The Bt10 million will be spent by a delegation representing Thailand at the meeting, which runs from July 25 to August 3, he said.
“We want to delay the plan because we are still in a border dispute with Cambodia and we have not seen any documents for the management plan,” Abhisit told reporters.
Thailand is concerned that Cambodia might use the disputed 4.6-square-kilometre area near the temple as a buffer zone for the site.
Abhisit added that the committee’s decision would not affect Thailand’s boundary with Cambodia, but it was advisable that no decisions were made while the disputes remained.
According to a 1962 verdict from the International Court of Justice, the Preah Vihear temple is located in Cambodia, but Thailand claims that areas adjacent to the temple belong to Thailand. The two countries are still in the process of negotiation for boundary demarcation.
NOTE: I think it is better for Abhishit to spare the money to help the poor Thais who this month always go to Sweden to pick blue berries, hjutron, and lingonberry to survive their living. Please help them because their hardship to work here -Sweden, is indescribable.
Abhishit should go back to school and read the verdict of 1962 again before giving any statement as a leader of a country and I swear that the border between Cambodia and Thailand decided by the International Court of Justice in 1962 will never change. So get lost you an arrogant MP!