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SUBJECT: PREAH VIHEAR: THAIS URGE NO UNSC ACTION

 

REF: A. STATE 78884 (GUIDANCE ON BORDER DISPUTE)

B. BANGKOK 2233 AND PREVIOUS

 

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Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission

James F. Entwistle, reason 1.4 (b) and (d).

 

1. (C) Thai MFA Permanent Secretary Virasakdi Futrakul called

in the Ambassador on July 23 to discuss the disposition of

the Preah Vihear temple. Virasakdi explained he was meeting

separately with the Chiefs of Mission of all UNSC member

states to explain Thailand\’s opposition to Cambodia\’s request

for an urgent UNSC meeting on ongoing Thai-Cambodian

border-related tensions. Virasakdi wanted to convey Thai

views ahead of informal consultations in New York on this

matter, which he said would take place on July 23.

 

2. (C) Virasakdi explained that, in a July 21 meeting of the

General Border Committee (GBC), the Thai and Cambodian sides

had agreed on virtually all aspects of a set of proposed

recommendations to their respective governments, to guide

peaceful resolution of the ongoing dispute. (The text of the

draft recommendations is below.) This progress indicated

that bilateral discussions were working effectively, and it

would be inappropriate at this time to refer the matter to

the UNSC, Virasakdi asserted. He also provided the

Ambassador with a copy of a July 22 letter from Singaporean

Foreign Minister George Yeo to Cambodian Deputy Prime

Minister Hor Namhong, in which Yeo stated that \”… the ASEAN

FMs are fully mindful that how this issue is handled will

greatly affect ASEAN\’s credibility. They also emphasized to

me that if the parties concerned are too quick to resort to

the UN Security Council, this would do harm to ASEAN\’s

standing and may actually make the resolution of the issue

more difficult.\”

 

3. (C) Virasakdi urged that the USG support Thailand\’s

position against a UNSC urgent meeting. He added as an aside

that Cambodia was pressing on this issue now because the

Cambodians felt they had a temporary advantage for the month

of July, while Vietnam holds the presidency of the Security

Council. Also, Virasakdi alleged \”off the record\” that

Cambodian Deputy PM Hor Namhong was trying to manipulate this

issue so that he might increase his chances of retaining a

cabinet position after the upcoming Cambodian elections.

 

4. (C) The Ambassador explained USG views per ref A guidance.

Virasakdi welcomed the USG position.

 

5. (SBU) Below is the text of the draft recommendations

negotiated during the July 21 General Border Committee

meeting. Virasakdi emphasized that all points had been

agreed upon by both sides, except for the wording in double

parentheses in paragraph 2.5, which was proposed by the Thai

side but rejected by the Cambodians. Virasakdi said the

Cambodians wanted to avoid acknowledging that Thailand had a

boundary claim. (Note: In the text below, CMAA is the

acronym for the Cambodian Mine Action Authority. TMAC is the

acronym for the Thailand Mine Action Center.)

 

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BEGIN TEXT

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Working Draft

 

GBC\’s recommendations

 

1. Both sides agreed to recommend to their respective

governments to enter into a provisional arrangement pending

completion of survey and demarcation work in the Temple area

by the Thailand-Cambodia Joint Boundary Commission (JBC).

Pending such arrangement both sides agreed to exercise the

utmost restraint to avoid confrontation in the area

 

2. Both sides agreed to recommend to their respective

governments that such provisional arrangement should include

the following elements:

 

2.1 Redeployment of both sides\’ respective military personnel

from the Temple of Preah Vihear and the area surrounding the

 

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Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda as soon as possible;

 

2.2 Joint de-mining by CMAA and TMAC in the area to be

surveyed and demarcated by the JBC for survey and demarcation

work of the JBC;

 

2.3 Confirmation by the Cambodian side that it will develop a

new site for the Cambodian community currently living in the

area so as to facilitate the survey and demarcation in the

area by JBC;

 

2.4 Setting up of a Temporary Coordinating Task Force

comprising their respective agencies concerned to address any

problems related to the area;

 

2.5 Such provisional arrangement shall be without prejudice

to the respective rights of both sides regarding the survey

and demarcation within the framework of the JBC ((and their

respective rights and obligations concerning their boundary

claims)).

 

Sa Kaeo, Thailand

21 July 2008

 

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JOHN

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July 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

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