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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Thai MFA: Statement on the World Heritage Committee’s Decision on the Temple of Phra Viharn

Press Release

July 31, 2010, 3:39 pm

With regard to the World Heritage Committee’s (WHC) Decision 34 COM 7B.65 on the Temple of Phra Viharn at its 34th Session in Brasilia, Brazil, on 29 July 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes the following statement:

1. Thailand wishes to express its appreciation to Brazil, as Chair of the WHC, for the latter’s pivotal role in helping facilitate the discussions between the Parties concerned leading towards the mutually acceptable WHC Decision on the Temple of Phra Viharn. Thailand also appreciates the understanding of the other WHC member countries on this matter.

2. Thailand’s concurrence with the Decision is based on the understanding that it is without prejudice to Thailand’s boundary claims, and that any document relating to the inscription of the Temple of Phra Viharn on the World Heritage List does not bind Thailand under international law. It is also understood that the ongoing boundary demarcation between Thailand and Cambodia in the relevant area will continue to proceed towards completion through the process of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia on the Survey and Demarcation of Land Boundary of 2000.

3. Thailand underlines the fact that the 34th Session of the WHC did not consider documents submitted by Cambodia to the World Heritage Centre. There was, therefore, neither agreement on nor acceptance of the content of the said documents. Upon receiving these documents, Thailand will carefully consider them.

4. Thailand is determined to move forward, in good faith, its negotiation with Cambodia on boundary demarcation under the abovementioned framework of the Thai-Cambodian JBC with a view to achieving progress ahead of the next Session of the WHC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thailand must respect the Khmer Kings who built Preah Vihear Temple by calling the right name PREAH VIHEAR!!!