Monday, April 15, 2013

Heading for a decision

An empty Preah Vihear on my first visit in 2002. The border was closed at that time as well.
 Preah Vihear temple will always hold special memories for me, so it will be a step in the right direction if the International Court of Justice in The Hague finally brings the curtain down on the row between Cambodia and Thailand. This week the ICJ will hear from both sides, not about the temple itself, that belongs to Cambodia, period. But about the 4.6 square km tract of land next to the temple which is in dispute and has cost lives in sporadic skirmishes since 2008. When the ICJ awarded the temple to Cambodia in 1962 it didn't make clear, well, to Thailand at least, which area they should keep out of. That's what is in dispute. Which is why Cambodia have gone to the ICJ, for an interpretation of the 1962 ruling. I don't think Thailand have a leg to stand on and neither do the experts from UK, USA and France, who all gave evidence backing Cambodia's position. I'm sure others will talk up Thailand's claims, but in reality, they don't have a pot to piss in. However, even if the ICJ rule for Cambodia and tell Thailand to keep out of the area in the vicinity of the temple, the nationalistic drum-beating Thais will most likely continue to bugger about, claiming its unfair. They already have a shoot-on-sight policy when they see any Khmers on the wrong side of the border. If they don't accept the ICJ ruling then keep the gate closed and ban all Thais from the temple. No-one wants that but its the only way to deal with these numbskulls.
On the main highway (!) to Preah Vihear in 2002 with Sokhom

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your support of the Khmer temple, love your writing and your language in the article.

April 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 51 years, the Thais are still retard.

April 23, 2013 at 3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thais incapable to solve the problem in south where the car bombs, the truck bombs and the train bombs killing Thai people almost everyday and now they want to create the problem with Cambodia.

April 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM  

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