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08BANGKOK1486 PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE: THAIS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT INSCRIPTION

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TAGS: UNESCO, PREL, SCUL, PBTS, TH, CB

SUBJECT: PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE: THAIS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT

INSCRIPTION

 

REF: A. PHNOM PENH 392

B. BANGKOK 871

 

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1. (SBU) Summary: Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama

intended to discuss the disposition of the Preah Vihear

temple during a May 14 trip to Cambodia. According to a Thai

MFA official, Noppadon hoped to discuss with the RGC in

general terms a possible joint statement on the management of

the temple complex. The Thai MFA aims to finalize the joint

statement text in the coming weeks. The Thai MFA said the

Thai media and politicians were trying to sensationalize the

issue by incorrectly portraying the RTG as prepared to make

concessions relating to Preah Vihear to obtain other benefits

from Cambodia. End Summary.

 

2. (U) The RTG continued to support the UNESCO World Heritage

Commission\’s inscription of the Preah Vihear temple; however,

it still held reservations about the resolution of the

disputed area surrounding the complex, a working level

contact at the MFA told us May 14. Thai Foreign Minister

Noppadon Pattama traveled to Cambodia today (May 14) to

attend a ceremony opening new roads in Cambodia that Thailand

had helped to finance. He also planned to use the trip to

have a side meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok

An as a follow up to the May 6 discussions between the RTG

and RGC regarding the Preah Vihear temple issue. With this

in mind, several officials from the Departments of East Asian

and Legal Affairs accompanied Noppadon to Cambodia.

 

3. (SBU) Noppadon intended to reiterate to Sok An Thailand\’s

backing of the temple\’s inscription. He would deliver the

message that the Thais are not interested in overturning the

1962 ICJ decision, which declared that the temple complex

belonged to the Cambodians. Rather, the RTG was keen to

resolve the ongoing dispute of what the Thais identify as

\”overlapping territorial claims.\” (Ref B) Our contact

acknowledged that the Cambodians believed the ICJ decision

resolved any boundary dispute. The RGC and RTG relied on two

different maps to support their distinct claims, however, and

the RTG does not consider all boundary disputes resolved.

 

4. (SBU) The FM also planned to discuss in general terms the

proposed contents of the RTG\’s version of a joint statement

on Preah Vihear and encourage the RGC to finalize the joint

statement before the July session of the World Heritage

Committee. This joint statement, our contact explained, was

a document that both countries agreed to redraft during the

May 6 discussions. It would lay out the expectations of each

country for the future and management of the temple complex,

thus forming the basis for continued negotiations. Thailand

understood that the Cambodian position emphasized inscription

and the development of conservation plans for the temple

complex. The Thais supported this position, but wanted to

expand on it to include the issues of boundary demarcation as

well as specific management instructions.

 

5. (U) Thailand\’s focus on management issues stemmed from

ongoing practices at the temple complex that are of concern

to the RTG. For example, the Thais claimed that several

hundred Cambodians have lived in the disputed territory since

2001, when the RGC moved them to that area. \”We have not

outright objected to their living there (in the disputed

area) as we do not want to make an issue out of it at this

point,\” stated our contact. At the same time, the Thais

contended that this community did not properly dispose of its

waste water, which was freely flowing in to clearly

demarcated Thai territory. If the Cambodians refused any

consideration of joint RGC-RTG management of the disputed

area, then Thailand would insist that the joint statement

include guarantees that situations such as the

above-mentioned would be addressed according to specific,

agreed upon directives. (Note: On a visit to the temple,

PolOff observed a large number of Cambodians clearly living

in or around the complex, operating market stalls. End note.)

 

6. (U) The MFA expected to meet the Cambodians again in two

to three weeks to attempt to finalize the joint statements.

To date, the MFA\’s Legal Affairs Department had prepared a

draft for the FM, but Noppadon had yet to approve it.

 

7. (U) Recent Thai media coverage of the issue raised the

matter of disputed coastal waters between Thailand and

Cambodia, and linked it with the Preah Vihear temple dispute.

In response, the opposition party in parliament publicly

criticized the RTG for considering the concession of Thai

territory associated with Preah Vihear in exchange for access

to natural gas rights along the coast. However, our MFA

 

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contact described the news reports and opposition party\’s

statement as sensationalistic. Negotiations on both issues

operated in parallel, she clarified, and the MFA Legal

Affairs Department had already cautioned against linking the

two issues for fear it would further complicate the ongoing

negotiations. Thailand\’s objective was to resolve both

disputes, she stated, and the Preah Vihear temple inscription

could move forward without definitive resolution of the

ongoing border disputes.

JOHN

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July 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

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