Thailand to defend rights over land dispute with Cambodia

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has vowed on 27 July 2010 to protect Thailand’s rights and interests, as Cambodia makes moves to submit its management plan for Preah Vihear Temple and its adjacent areas at the Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil.

The Thai delegation, led by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti, is at the forum to lobby against the plan. The meeting runs until August 3.

“We think the World Heritage Committee should not consider this plan until Thailand and Cambodia have agreed upon the demarcation line,” Abhisit said, after discussing the issue on Tuesday with some leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).


He met the yellow-shirt leaders for two hours after about 1,000 PAD supporters rallied outside the Unesco office on Sukhumvit Road despite the emergency decree.


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