Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Remove Buddha statue, commander requests

Remove Buddha statue, commander requests

Remove Buddha statue, commander requests

A Cambodian military commander has requested Thailand remove a two-tonne Buddha statue placed in a demilitarised zone established in the disputed Preah Vihear border area by the United Nation’s highest court in July.

General Srey Doek, military commander of division 3, said he had requested Thailand remove the statue during a meeting with newly appointed counterpart Chhavalith Memoda on Monday near the Preah Vihear temple.

“Our Thai counterpart accepted the request and will submit it to their superior commanders,” he said, adding the statue was installed in October within their territory but inside the DMZ where military forces were not supposed to conduct such activities.

On July 18, the International Court of Justice ordered the two countries establish the DMZ in the Preah Vihear area and withdraw forces so independent Indonesian observers could be deployed.

General Srey Doek said no concrete steps had been made to withdraw Cambodian or Thai forces.

Siribunsot Sirisak, director of the Thai military’s Cambodia division, confirmed Chhavalith Memoda had agreed to remove the statue.  

In February and April, clashes in the area left 28 people dead and thousands displaced.


  • Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha

    Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial

  • Record set for world’s longest dragon boat

    Cambodia broke the world record for the longest dragon boat – a title previously held by China, Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel said on Monday. He verified the record on the east bank of the Mekong river, in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district. “With

  • ‘Historic’ Khmer Rouge tribunal Case 002/2 verdict to be delivered

    The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are to deliver the verdict on Friday, in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in a pronouncement hailed as a “historic event for Cambodia and the world”. The verdict from

  • Analyst: Government appointments ‘a waste of national budget’

    The government has appointed over 200 officials as undersecretaries of state, secretaries of state, assistants and advisers at various institutions since October 1. While senior officials said the appointments were aimed at ensuring higher efficiency at the national level, social analysts said the practice is merely power-sharing