No shortcut across Thai-Cambodian minefield

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a minor misstep in the minefield of Thai-Cambodian relations on the eve of his official visit to our neighbour last week. Prior to his departure for Phnom Penh, Prayut proposed an idea for joint development of Preah Vihear, the ancient temple ...

The Nations News Staff

Talks on ICJ temple ruling to come ‘eventually’

Acting Thai Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow said yesterday that Thailand would eventually resume talks with Cambodia regarding the International Court of Justice’s decision last November that clarified Cambodian sovereignty over the promontory on which the Preah Vihear temple sits. ...

Vong Sokheng

Cambodian army asks Thailand to remove new barbed wire near Preah Vihear temple

Cambodia has accused the Thai troops of erecting a new barbed wire fence on land in front of the 11th century Preah Vihear temple and has asked Thai side to remove it, Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Monday. “Our military ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodia keeps cool after coup in Thailand

As news broke yesterday evening that the Thai political situation had evolved from martial law to a full-blown coup d’etat, Cambodian government officials said they hoped the army’s takeover would be transitional and dismissed any concerns that tensions could rise on the Cambodia-Thailand border. ”We wish ...

Kevin Ponniah and Vong Sokheng

Cambodian PM orders troops along border with Thailand to stay calm

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday advised armed forces and local authorities along border with Thailand to keep calm. Cambodia and Thailand has had a bitter border dispute since July 2008 when the UNESCO added the Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple to its World Heritage ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Preah Vihear temple under repair

Work is finally under way to repair damage to Preah Vihear temple caused during clashes between Cambodia and Thailand more than two years ago, officials said yesterday. Long Kosal, deputy director of the National Authority of Preah Vihear, said a restoration project has been ongoing ...

Vong Sokheng

After Arrests, NGOs Continue Petitioning to ‘Free the 23′

Following the arrest of 11 activists on Tuesday as they attempted to deliver a petition to the U.S. and French embassies seeking the release of 23 jailed protesters, NGO representatives quietly delivered similar petitions to the Japanese Embassy and European Union headquarters Wednesday. The petitioners, representing ...

Aun Pheap and Mech Dara

Cambodian top diplomat visits troops at Preah Vihear temple to explain World Court's ruling

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Saturday visited troops stationed at Preah Vihear temple territory to explain the interpretation of the recent World Court’s ruling over disputed land with Thailand. Addressing more than 1,000 soldiers at a military headquarters about 20 km ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Hor Namhong to Visit Troops in Preah Vihear to Explain UN Ruling

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong will on Saturday visit Royal Cambodian Armed Forces troops stationed in the Preah Vihear temple territory to explain the interpretation of the recent U.N. court ruling on the area, a Foreign Ministry official said. On November 11, the International ...

Phorn Bopha

Thailand agrees to withdraw its troops

Cambodian and Thai military officials met yesterday morning to discuss the implementation of the International Court of Justice’s ruling on Preah Vihear, with both sides pledging to keep the peace and the Thais agreeing to withdraw to the new line of demarcation. Monday’s judgment declared that ...

May Titthara and Stuart White

At Preah Vihear, tourists undeterred

Not even the imminent threat of war could quell tourists’ appetite for historical sites – at least at Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple, which was the subject of a highly contentious ruling at the International Court of Justice yesterday. While government figures show that local tourism to ...

Stuart White and May Titthara

Partial victory at the ICJ

The International Court of Justice yesterday unanimously declared that its 1962 judgment awarding the Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia also gave the Kingdom sovereignty over the promontory that the temple sits on. But while the announcement was initially greeted as a resounding victory by some in ...

Post Staff

Preah Vihear temple: Disputed land Cambodian, court rules

Cambodia should have sovereignty over disputed land around the Preah Vihear temple on the border with Thailand, the UN’s highest court has ruled. The International Court of Justice in the Hague said Thailand must withdraw any soldiers from the area. Cambodia sought a clarification of the ...

BBC News Staff

National Park Near Preah Vihear Temple To Be Closed

The national park near the ancient Khmer Hindu temple of Preah Vihear will be closed from Monday, eight days before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issues its ruling on disputed land, located near the temple, contested by Thailand and Cambodia. The closure, which would ...

Bernama News Staff

Thai-Cambodian border trade still normal

Despite the disputed territory near Phra Viharn Temple, Thai-Cambodian border trade is still normal as 150,000 billion baht cash flow is expected by the end of 2013. According to the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC), border trade along the disputed area around Phra Viharn Temple ...

Thailand National News Bureau Staff

Foreign visitors to Cambodia's World Heritage Preah Vihear temple rise 39 pct in 5 months

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple, a World Heritage site, received 4,710 foreign tourists in the first five months of this year, up 39 percent compared with the same period last year, statistics by Preah Vihear province’s tourism department showed Tuesday. Kong Vibol, chief of the department, said ...

Ministers sign deals to bolster trust

Thailand and Cambodia have signed four new agreements focused on bolstering trust and maintaining security. Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat made the announcement after the 9th GBC meeting at Wangjuntr Golf Park in Rayong’s Wang Chan district. He said one of the four agreements concerned the spread of ...

Thai-Cambodian trade along Surin looks set to prosper further

The commerce affairs office in northeastern Surin has reported robust trade along the Thai-Cambodian border despite unresolved Phra Viharn [Preah Vihear] temple dispute. Mr. Sitthiporn Bangkeaw from the Office of Commerce Affairs Surin revealed that even though the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s public hearings in ...

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