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Thai ministry urged to announce revocation of joint statement


July 14, 2008

Thai ministry urged to announce revocation of joint statement
The Foreign Ministry should inform concerned countries and organisations of Thailand's revocation of the joint communique issued to support Cambodia's bid to register the Preah Vihear temple as the World Heritage site, according to Thai Supreme Commander Gen Boonsang Niempradit.

Speaking after meeting with academics and representatives of many parties concerned on the Preah Vihear Temple issue, he said any measures taken to cope with the disputed areas surrounding the temple are the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry, reported state news agency TNA.

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The Royal Thai Army is responsible for taking care of the country's sovereignty only. He said any actions on the matter must be taken transparently and with public acknowledgement. Because of this, the ministry should prepare easy-to-understand documents to clarify all issues the public had doubted.

Meanwhile, Pisanu Suvanajata, the deputy director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of East Asian Affairs, suggested the government should join the seven-nation International Coordinating Committee (ICC) to manage the Preah Vihear temple to help protect the country's sovereignty,
saying Thailand's involvement would benefit the country as it would be able to air its opinions concerning the national sovereignty.

February 1 is the deadline for the submission of documents to join the committee to be set up under the World Heritage Committee's resolution.

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