Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’
July 18, 2011
8 Feb 2011
By Mong Palatino
he border row between Thailand and Cambodia has intensifiedin the past week as both countries exchanged fires killing several soldiers on both fronts and forcing the evacuation of nearby villages near the border. The two Southeast Asian nations are claiming ownership of the historic Preah Vihear Temple.
thaicam tweets about the “idiocy of the situation”
RT @thaitvnews: 2 Buddhist countries fight for ruined Hindu civilization temple / which highlights the idiocy of the situation
Michael insists the border conflict is not really about the temple
Of course it’s not really about the temple. There are plenty of temples that could be taken care of before this one.
Such a convenient way to control what people are thinking about. And of course, such a convenient way to drum up support for a strong and well-equipped military, because in times where there is a threat of war, those who defend the motherland need all the support they can get.
As Khmer is oldest in the Indochina Peninsula than Thailand, at least as a political state, it is like Cambodia is Greece and Thailand is Italy. Cambodia is first and it is impossible to deny it. Thailand has been built over the Cambodian territory, history and culture. It does not mean that Thailand is not authentic or it is an invader, but Thai people should recognize it not in humilitation, but in brotherly afection. Read the rest of this entry »
Thai and Cambodian soldiers have exchanged gunfire along their shared border and there are reports of fewer than 10 casualties among the two armies.
Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire Friday afternoon with both sides blaming the other for starting the fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
The plan to reopen border gate at Preah Vihear temple is postponed indefinitely Wednesday, after conflicting over troop withdrawal from the area refused by Thailand.
Thai prime minister has refused troop withdrawal and renewed calls for all Cambodians to leave the disputed area (as Thailand claims) before the army would pull back.
‘I said clearly that there would be no military withdrawal if there is still intrusion,’ Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters when questioned on the issue.
NOTE: Abhishit in fact we Khmers and the world heard you said that; “I said clearly that there would be no military withdrawal because we still have the hope for this invasion.” And please stop demanding our people to leave our lands around Prasat Preah Vihear. You are not legitimate to do so.
“Angry” rebuke by Supreme Patriarch Hochimonk Tep Vong againt the “lunatic, ignorant and bias” Sondhi Limthongkul
KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Nation Religion King
STATEMENT Samdech Preah Akka Moha Sangha Raja Tep Vong, Co-Chairman of the World Inter-Religions Decides
To make a statement responding to Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul, leader of the PAD (Yellow Shirts) who is going astray in history and is behaving like a juvenile delinquent within the Thai society. The Great Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Cambodia wishes to inform the leaders of the Thai government that Samdech, the Co-Chairman of the World Inter-Religions in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations in Bangkok has celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha (Visaka Puja) among the 10 member states of ASEAN and decided to assign Preah Dhama Gosaca Payoeun Dhama Cito as Chairman of the Visaka Puja Association and Honorable Samdech Preah Putheacha Wat Sras Ket as the Great Supreme Patriarch of the Major Buddhist Sect (Moha Nikaya Sect) of theKingdom of Thailand and also grant an offer to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to hold yearly Kathina Dhana offering alms to monks who, during the whole rainy season, are required to restrictedly stay in the Pagoda in the Kingdom of Cambodia. This proves the goodwill of Samdech Co-Chairman of the World Inter-Religions for the sake of peace between the two countries, Cambodia and Thailand.
However, nowadays there still remains an unethical act which is against the moral conduct of common people, especially that of the lunatic, ignorant and bias of the sort of Sondhi Limthongkul, who is going astray in history, in the heart of a peaceful Bangkok. By violating the state law, he had behaved and spoken with the contempt and inflammatory words, which is not acceptable, against the Cambodian leaders, particularly Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who is a leader with virtue and highly respected and loved by the Cambodian people nationwide. Samdech Hun Sen is a peace loving-leader and is of supreme virtue. Though having been insulted by some thoughtless juvenile delinquents, Samdech had not been filled with fury without reason. Samdech is of forgiving nature to everybody; he never bears malice towards others by adhering to the sacred Buddha’s teachings that: “Vera Ni Avera Ni” meaning: “avenges finish by not taking revenges”, and his response is done rationally with virtue and highest dignity. With direct contemptible words towards Samdech, Sondhi said: “it is not enough by taking his blood to wash the feet of Thai King but he should be decapitated and spiked the head on the stick.” These words and behavior are considered disrespectful to Buddha’s teachings, which always educate Buddhist followers that “do not neglect for negligence would lead to ruin.” It is stressed that such a lunatic initiative of Sondhi Limthongkul does not only affect Samdech Hun Sen, but also affects His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is a faithful Buddhist follower and revered by the Thai people. More than that, such irresponsible actions worsen Thailand’s reputation on the international stage.
In the name of the Co-Chairman of the World Inter-Religions, the Great Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Cambodia finds that Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul’s actions are of juvenile delinquent, ignorant and wrong understanding that Lord Buddha always advises his followers not to befriend with and even to get away from that sort of person to avoid disaster.
Thai authorities must immediately bring him to justice in order to educate him on Buddha’s doctrines as well as to rehabilitate him from a bias to a wise man.
Ounalom Pagoda, 04 September 2010
Signed: Tep Vong
Great Supreme Patriarch
Co-Chairman of the World Inter-Religions
NOTE: Tep Vong always says that monks must abstain from involving in politics, but here he doesn’t practice what he has preached.
And it is amusing to hear Tep Vong said that “Hen Sen is a peace-loving person, with virtue, reason, and forgiveness.” We know this clearly and don’t need tep Vong to preach us.
This is the new development of Cambodian-Thai dispute which I feel it is again disappointing if Hun Sen really wants to return to the bilateral talk with Abhisit of Thailand.
Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Asean chief Surin Pitsuwan met Hun Sen on Monday and encouraged him to meet his Thai counterpart on the sidelines of the AsiaEurope Meeting in Brussels in October.
“Samdech [Hun Sen] stressed that he would agree to this meeting if Abhisit did, though so far there has been no confirmation that the meeting between the two will be held,” Koy Kuong was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying yesterday.
NOTE: If we have brain we must not forget the arrogant bully and scorn from Abhishit and his gangs towards our country and people so far and it is a shame and unpatriotic to return to the bilateral talk with Thailand that has no sincerity and respect to our country, people, international laws and treaties. Hun Sen should remember his words to reporters in 2009 about Kasit and Abhisit that:
…bilateral relations, which have been sour for months now, would only be normalised if Thailand had a new government. He added that his country would “have no happiness” while Abhisit and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya were still in power.
“I’m not an enemy of the Thai people … But, these two people look down on Cambodia,” Hun Sen said.
“Cambodia will have no happiness as long as this group is in power.”
I hope Hun Sen would remember his words and be a real man! And let’t bring these Thais to the international table again for this is the only way that we can teach them how to respect others.
18 August 2010
By Guy Baker
Bangkok Post: Post Bag
The fact that the Foreign Ministry is seeking a bilateral resolution to the Preah Vihear question is really becoming quite an international joke, as the Cambodian government has begun asking for help from other countries to resolve the question, and this is the joke: no one in the world sees a disputed territory near the Preah Vihear temple _ except the current Thai government. And Thailand has no control whatsoever over the allegedly disputed land near the temple.
It is like demanding bilateral talks because the next-door neighbour claims to own the apples on the apple tree on the neighbour’s property.
NOTE: The pictures provided below are cited from a FACEBOOK which I am now not able to confirm its source from the Thai side. However, it can be used as a source of information to everyone in order to seek for the confirmed Thai source.
There are many provocative and aggressive speeches made by Abhishit these
few days regarding to Prasat Preah Vihear Khmer. Below is the excerpt from Bangkok Post today which quoted the unacceptable remark of Abhihsit.
… Mr Abhisit also told the activist representatives that his government had never accepted the Cambodian map showing a different border between the two neighbouring countries than that recognised by Thailand.
NOTE: Abhishit must understand that:
- Cambodia doesn’t have her own drawn map. The map that Cambodia uses until today is the product of Siamese-French committees who conducted the border research and survey which agreed and signed upon in 1908 in accordance with Siamese-French treaties 1904 and 1907. So why do you refuse your own product? Legally, this map is legitimate in both national and international levels as justified by ICJ 1962 and proved to be more widely recognized in 2008 by the WHC.
- If you accepts only the map that unilateral drawn and recognized by Thailand, so how about Cambodia? It’s like you are demanding us to accept your robbery of our land and property without fighting back. And if everyone just thinks the way you are, then there will be no peace. If so, why do we need to have international treaty? And what is the use to have MoU?
- In fact, MoU clearly states in its article I that the border resolution of the two countries must be surveyed and demarcated basing on the Siamese-French treaties. And therefore, Thailand must live with the facts. However, if I were the leader of Cambodia today, I would warmly welcome the 2000 MoU revocation and you would have no chance to bully around like this.
Thailand Wags the Dog on Preah Vihear
As negotiations for the management of Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status rumble on for another day, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Abhisit government’s only negotiation strategy is a mixture of bullying and threats.
This atmosphere of coercion, covers the range of threatening to walk out of Thailand’s position on an important UNESCO committee, all the way through to implicit threats of armed hostilities being made by Abhisit’s coalition partners, Puea Pandin. This is, of course, no way for a respectable member of the international community to behave.
That PM Abhisit has been led by his nose to such brinkmanship only casts serious doubts on his own ability to pick his allies and his causes. The extremist nationalists in the PAD have been the main protagonists in this battle over this Khmer temple, whose geographic position within Cambodian borders was ratified by the World Court almost 50years ago – and PM Abhisit has been quick to ally himself with this cause
The PAD’s program of intimidation and violence regarding Preah Vihear, including riots and attempts to provoke armed hostilities between Cambodia and Thailand, something which has occurred on several occasions, has never been fully challenged by PM Abhisit’s government. In fact, PM Abhisit has allowed the extremists in the PAD to openly flout the same State of Emergency laws banning protests that he used to crush the pro-democracy Red Shirt demonstrations. The truth is that PM Abhisit needs the thugs in the PAD to stay on side so that he can call on them to perform extra-legal activities as and when he needs.
The comparisons with the 1997 film, Wag the Dog, where a floundering US President cooks up a dubious war to further his own domestic ends are obvious. Yet, this is a very risky strategy for Abhisit.
Over the last weeks the Abhisit regime has refused any international oversight into any aspect of Thailand’s present political predicament or how to resolve its problems. He claims it is purely a domestic issue that other nations should not interfere in.
Starting a war with Cambodia, destabilizing the region and causing a major international incident, just to suit the agenda of extremists in the PAD, a relatively tiny organization with very few supporters beyond a rump in the Bangkok middle classes, will bring much unwanted attention on Abhisit’s regime. The question he will ultimately have to answer is who is the dog and who is doing the wagging?
Hundreds of Thai nationalists led by a leader of the “yellow shirt” movement, Chamlong Srimuang (not pictured), gather outside the UNESCO office in Bangkok July 27, 2010, to voice opposition to Cambodia’s plan to administer Preah Vihear Temple, an ancient border temple and a World Heritage Site. Some Thais said the plan would compromise Thailand’s claim to land in a disputed border territory with Cambodia. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang