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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Map and Pictures of Preah Vihear

by Bora Touchg

Please find attached various (official) maps of the Preah Vihear temple; they are of 1:10,000; 1:50,000, 1:100,000 and 1:200,000 scales.

The issue of the demilitation of boundary was legally and clearly resolved by the International court of justice in 1962 and the French-Siam Commission in 1907. In other words, there is or should be no dispute or uncertainty regarding the delimitation of the Siam-Khmer boundary, esp. the boundary around the Preah Vihear temple. The only remaining issue/thing for the two states to do is demarcating/fencing the border, which is a simple technical thing to do.

According to the recent media reports, the Royal Government of Cambodia has revised the boundary map of the temple and re-submitted it to UNESCO and Thai party. What this "revising map" means, in term of the effect on sovereignty , remains to be seen. The new revised map and explanation has not been published at the Khmer National Authority of Preah Vihear Temple website.

Apparently, the Royal Government has not made use of the 1962 Aide Memoir of 1962 of the then royal government of HRH N. Sihanouk which provides precise thoughts (and strategies) on the temple boundary and its history.

I would be pleased to provide legal thoughts on the revised map and its implications shall I have a copy of it.

Bora Touch Esq


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