The most recent map of the Preah Vihear temple area, from the Joint Communique of June 18, 2008, which is publicly available at: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/pdf/jointcommunique.pdf
In a Letter to
the Editor, printed in The Phnom Penh Post on Friday, November 14,
2008, Chan Veasna, of Cabramatta, NSW, Australia, requested that
"Thailand must use Cambodian maps". But the letter references only maps
of 1904 and 1907, and denounces that maps used by the Thai side "have
no legal basis under international laws".
Surprisingly, there is
no reference at all to the newest map, produced under the signature of
Var Kim Hong, senior minister in charge of border affairs of the
Cambodian Council of Ministers and attached to the Joint Communique of
June 18, 2008, which was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and
countersigned by Francoise Riviere, assistant director general for
culture of Unesco and the then-Thai minister of foreign affairs.
During the meeting both sides agreed as follows:
Kingdom of Thailand supports the inscription ... of the Temple of Preah
Vihear on the World Heritage List proposed by the Kingdom of Cambodia,
the perimeter of which is identified as N. 1 in the map prepared by the
Cambodian authorities and herewith attached...
"...the Kingdom of
Cambodia accepts that the Temple of Preah Vihear be nominated for
inscription on the World Heritage List without at this stage a buffer
zone on the northern and western areas of the temple.
"The map mentioned in paragraph 1 above shall supersede the [other] maps."
Cambodian nomination file referenced the 1904 and 1907 maps, so the
Cambodian side clearly has agreed that these have been superseded and
replaced by the map of June 18, 2008. If Thais should use "Cambodian
maps", so should Cambodians - that is: the newest, official map of June
18, 2008, submitted to Unesco under the signature of the Cambodian
deputy prime minister.
to: [email protected]mpenhpost.com or P.O. Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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