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July 18, 2008

The Thai Prime Minister calls on both sides to exercise restraint on situation along the Thai-Cambodian Border

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Situation along the Thai-Cambodian Border in the Area Immediately Adjacent to the Temple of Preah Vihear
July 18, 2008

On 18 July 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited H.E. Mr. Ung Sean, Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand to hand over the letter from H.E. Mr. Samak Sundaravej, Prime Minister of Thailand, to H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, in reply to the latter’s Note of 17 July 2008.

นายธฤต จรุงวัฒน์ �ธิบดีกรมสารนิเทศและโฆษกกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ

Spokeman MfA นายธฤต จรุงวัฒน์ อธิบดีกรมสารนิเทศและโฆษกกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ

In his Note, Prime Minister Samak reiterates the Royal Thai Government’s resolve to seek a just and peaceful solution to the situation in the area immediately adjacent to the Temple of Preah Vihear. In this regard, he has instructed the Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to lead a Thai delegation to the Special Session of the Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) to be held in Sa Kaeo Province on 21 July 2008 with a view to discussing issues surrounding the situation with the Cambodian side in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. He also affirmed that the two countries should use every effort to prevent the escalation of the situation.

The Thai Prime Minister also stresses that the area of Keo Sikha Kiri Svara Pagoda (known as Preah Vihear Pagoda) mentioned in the Cambodian Prime Minister’s Note is within the Thai territory. The establishment of the Cambodian community, including construction of a temple and houses, and the stationing of the Cambodian military personnel in the area constitute a continued violation of Thailand’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Royal Thai Government has issued four written protests to the Cambodian side regarding this matter in 2004, 2005, 2007 and April 2008 respectively.

Meanwhile, the deployment by Cambodia of more than 1,000 troops, in addition to around 200 troops stationed there earlier, has caused the situation to deteriorate. The Thai Prime Minister calls on both sides to exercise restraint and hopes that the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission will accelerate its work to survey and demarcate the entire stretch of the Thai-Cambodian border so that similar problems would not arise in the future. In addition, pending completion of the JBC’s work in this area, the Thai side is ready to jointly explore with Cambodia possible interim measures.

Later on the same day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the other eight ASEAN Ambassadors to the Ministry to keep them informed of the situation and hand over copies of the Note dated 17 July 2008 from the Cambodian Prime Minister to the Thai Prime Minister, the Note dated 18 July 2008 from the Thai Prime Minister to his Cambodian counterpart, including the attached copies of the four Aide-Memoires which Thailand sent to protest Cambodia, as well as copies of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia on the Survey and Demarcation of Land Boundary dated 4 June 2000. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also circulated all of the afore-mentioned documents to other foreign missions in Bangkok.

Director-General Tharit further explained that the four protests by Thailand to Cambodia were made on the basis of Article 5 of the 2000 MOU, under which both sides agree not to carry out any work resulting in changes of environment of the frontier zone, pending the survey and demarcation of the common land boundary. However, to date, no action whatsoever has been undertaken by Cambodia to address Thailand’s concerns, protests and requests.

The four protests were made, respectively, on 25 November 2004 to protest against the expansion of the Cambodian community and the building of Cambodian local authorities’ offices in such area; on 8 March 2005 to protest against the Cambodia’s activities to construct and improve the road from Komui Village, Chom Ksan District, Preah Vihear Province, to the Temple of Preah Vihear; on 17 May 2007 to object to Cambodia’s nomination file for the inscription of the Temple of Preah Vihear on the World Heritage List and to Cambodia’s Décret Royal on Délimitation du site protégé du temple de Preah Vihear, which encroached into the Thai territory; and on 10 April 2008 to reiterate all of the three preceding protests and request Cambodia’s immediate withdrawal of its military and police forces stationed in the areas under overlapping territorial claims between Thailand and Cambodia.

The overall situation at present remains stable.

ปรับปรุงจาก ข่าว และ ภาพ ของ ตามเว็บไซต็กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ 18 กรกฎาคม พ.ศ. 2551
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