Saturday, August 31, 2013

Preah Vihear re-visited

A new book entitled Preah Vihear - A guide to the Thai-Cambodian conflict and its solutions will be released at the end of September with a book launch at the FCC of Bangkok on 30 September. The Thai-Cambodian relationship in recent years has been shaped and reshaped by domestic factors both in Thailand and Cambodia and with overlapping territorial claims in the areas surrounding the Preah Vihear temple, or known in Thai as Phra Wihan, this has led to a series of clashes between the two countries' armies, from 2008 to 2011. The border dispute has re-opened the question of ownership of the Temple of Preah Vihear which compelled Cambodia to call on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to reinterpret the ruling of 1962. The authors of the book are Cambodian Ambassador Pou Sothirak and Thai scholars Ajarn Charnvit Kasetsiri and Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun.



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