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19 June 2009

Thai PM’s comment on disputed temple regrettable, says Cambodian PM

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday expressed his regret with his Thai counterpart's comment who wanted the Preah Vihear temple to be jointly registered as the world heritage site, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

"I think that his words on behalf of the Thai Prime Minister have disturbed the peace of another country," Hun Sen told reporters at the Cambodian foreign ministry.

Thai newspaper the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Abhisit would request that the temple be registered jointly as a World Heritage Site by Thailand and Cambodia.

"I am so regretful for his comment and his aim," he said, adding that "when he (Thai PM ) visited Cambodia (last Friday), he did not raise that issue with me. But I think his purpose is not successful."

The premier said that "first of all, we have to speak about the verdict from Hague Court (in 1962) which ruled that the Preah Vihear temple and land surrounding the temple belongs to Cambodia. And secondly, Unesco's World Heritage Committee already registered the Preah Vihear temple as the World Heritage Site (in July 7, 2008 ) for Cambodia."


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