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08BANGKOK1877 THAI CABINET APPROVES CAMBODIAN MAP OF PREAHVIHEAR TEMPLE; UNESCO APPLICATION TO PROCEED

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SUBJECT: THAI CABINET APPROVES CAMBODIAN MAP OF PREAHVIHEAR

TEMPLE; UNESCO APPLICATION TO PROCEED

 

1. (SBU) On June 17, the Cabinet approved the Royal

Government of Cambodia (RGC) map of Preah Vihear Temple,

following approval by the National Security Council on June

16. MFA Second Secretary Suttamon Wiriyadamrong told us that

MFA Deputy Director General Pisanu Suvanajata flew to Phnom

Penh on June 17 to receive a joint communique on the temple\’s

disposition from Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An.

Pisanu is expected to return to Bangkok on the afternoon of

June 18 to present the document for FM Noppadon\’s signature.

The communique will then be returned to Cambodia for Sok An\’s

signature and then forwarded to UNESCO, alongside the map, to

finalize Cambodia\’s application for the temple to receive

World Heritage status.

 

2. (SBU) Reports in the Thai press cited small protests in

Bangkok and around the temple site, mainly directed at

Cambodian vendors whose presence is seen as an infringement

on Thai territory. While asserting the validity of the RGC

map, FM Noppadon told reporters that he would continue to

press the presence of a Cambodian community in the disputed

areas with the RGC after the World Heritage status is

finalized. In an effort to demonstrate his confidence that

the new map does not include disputed territory within the

temple\’s perimeters, Noppadon promised to resign if any Thai

territory is found to be within the temple borders.

 

3. (SBU) The People\’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) held a

demonstration that drew several thousand people to the

Foreign Ministry on June 18, demanding that the map and joint

communiqu be made public. PAD members have accused Noppadon

of approving the map to further former PM Thaksin\’s land

development project in Cambodia, near the Thai border. The

press also reported that Vice Chairperson of the Senate

Committee on Foreign Affairs M.R. Priyananthana Rangsit asked

Noppadon to provide clarification on the case, and pointed

out that he could be found guilty of changing Thailand\’s

boundaries without approval of the National Assembly — an

offense that could lead to his impeachment. A Democrat Party

(DP) official told us on June 18 that his party believed the

agreed-upon map was in some ways inappropriate (NFI), and

that the RTG-RGC negotiations on Preah Vihear were influenced

by special interests. This official said the DP remained

intent on raising Preah Vihear and Noppadon\’s performance in

a no-confidence debate in the House of Representatives.

 

COMMENT

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4. (SBU) While the application for World Heritage status

appears set to move forward with the backing of both the RTG

and RCG, issues such as Cambodian vendors and unrest near the

temple site, as well as attempts to use the controversy to

make domestic political hay, will continue to simmer.

 

ENTWISTLE

Written by thaicables

July 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

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