The Consequence of Listing of Preah Vihear Temple
The Khmer Preah Vihear temple was undisputedly known and accepted nationally, internationally, legally, archeologically, and historically belongs to Cambodia and now is on the row for the final decision from the 21 country members (Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and USA) of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Quebec, Canada from 2 to 10 July, 2008.
The listing of this sacred Khmer Preah Vihear temple heats up all the media in Thailand as well as in Cambodia. Furthermore, the anger of the protesters in both countries seems to be increased and can’t be predicted in the future whether the temple will be listed or not as reported by the Cambodian Kohsantepheap daily newspaper that besides the Thai protesting in Bangkok, some Thai people were protesting against the listing on Khmer Preah Vihear temple at the Sisaket province near Khmer Preah Vihear temple demanding Cambodia to withdraw its listing and give Khmer temple and Siam Ream, Preah Vihear and Battambang provinces back to Thailand.
As reaction to Thai legally unacceptable claim and protest, We, Cambodians both inside and outside along with some of Cambodian leading NGOs and Associations have monitored the issues closely and planned to launch a peaceful demonstration and the national appeal for boycotting of all Thai products as the hot agenda against Thai claim if our patience can’t be tolerated any longer with the Thai side.
Please stay united whether the temple will be listed or not! Let alone Hun Sen and his government. Actually, we know that the Hun Sen government has not deal effectively and independently with the listing plan of the Preah Vihear temple with Thailand, i.e., it redrew the map complied with the Thai demand using the unilateral map drawn by Thailand after the 1962`s verdict and ignored the International Court of Justice rule in 1962. Yet, we, most importantly, must focus our attention on our greedy and uncivilized neighbor-Thailand this time. As I raised before in my “Appeal for the nation” that the second step – the demonstration, boycotting Thai products and sending petition to World Heritage Committee’s members, is a must if Thailand does not respect us and continue to recognize the 1962`verdict.
Remember our second Step:
1. Demonstration against Thai greedy and uncivilized politics and attitude.
2. Sending our petition to all members of World Heritage Committee.
3. Boycotting all kinds of Thai products and transport.
7 July 2008