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08BANGKOK1818 PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE: THAI GOVERNMENT REVIEWS NEW CAMBODIAN MAP

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“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED”,”08STATE1486″,

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PARIS PLEASE PASS TO USMISSION UNESCO

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

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

SUBJECT: PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE: THAI GOVERNMENT REVIEWS NEW

CAMBODIAN MAP

 

REF: STATE 01486

 

1. (SBU) MFA Deputy Director General Pisanu Suvanajata told

Poloff on June 11 that, after completion of an ongoing survey

by the military and the Royal Thai Survey Department, the RTG

would formulate a position on the Royal Government of

Cambodia (RGC) map recently presented to the RTG in Paris.

As of June 13, representatives from both groups were at the

temple site, checking the accuracy of the map and verifying

that the temple perimeters are accurate and drawn to scale.

Pisanu said that the revised map was an improvement over the

previous map, and that it demonstrated the RGC\’s positive

attitude towards the negotiation process.

 

2. (SBU) Once the survey is complete, the military

technicians will present the results to the MFA and to the

National Security Council. Pisanu believed that the RTG

would accept the map\’s temple perimeters, and he confirmed

that the inscription would be limited to the temple

structure. He added that the map did not have any indication

of country borders, just an outline of terrain, and that, as

drawn, the temple perimeters seemed consistent with RTG

demands not to include on the map any disputed land

surrounding the temple.

 

3. (SBU) Pisanu dismissed a public statement by Democrat

Party Deputy Leader Alongkorn Pollabutr rejecting joint

Thailand-Cambodia management of the temple and urging

opposition to the RGC\’s pursuit of World Heritage status for

the temple. The MFA issued a press release on June 10

clarifying that the RTG\’s support of the RGC\’s effort to

obtain World Heritage status for the temple will not result

in loss of territorial jurisdiction for Thailand because just

the temple will be registered. The RTG was only concerned

that the registration would include disputed areas.

 

COMMENT

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4. (SBU) MFA officials give every sign of confidence that

the new map will be approved and that Thailand will be able

to support the temple\’s designation as a World Heritage site.

The issue remains somewhat sensitive, however,: \”anonymous

sources\” told the press this week that the army believed

disputed land still lay within the new map\’s temple

perimeter, and there are also reports of small local protests

by Thai villagers near the temple complex against Cambodians

living on the temple outskirts. Border issues are often

emotional; the government may have to face down some domestic

opposition to its current plan to support the site\’s

inscription.

ENTWISTLE

Written by thaicables

July 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

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