7/12/2008

Temple dispute

Relations between Cambodia and Thailand may come under strain

On July 7th Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was designated a World Heritage Site by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This is a major victory for the Cambodian government. The prime minister, Hun Sen, is using the success to build political capital ahead of the general election scheduled for July 27th. However, the issue has also provoked a surge in nationalism in both Cambodia and Thailand, raising serious concerns of another severe breakdown in bilateral ties.

Relations between Cambodia and Thailand have been strained since 2003, when anti-Thai riots erupted in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, after a Thai actress reportedly said that the Angkor Wat temple complex--Cambodia's national symbol--was stolen from Thailand. Now another row is brewing over a different temple. Sovereignty over the Preah Vihear temple, which is located on the two countries' border, has been long been a contentious issue. The core dispute was officially settled in 1962 by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which determined that the temple belongs to Cambodia. Crucially, however, the ICJ did not rule on the overlapping claims to 4.6 sq km of land surrounding the temple, and the two sides have yet to reach any agreement on the matter. ...



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