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The mission of this little blog is to bring your attention to support Cambodia after Thailand invaded her territory on July 15. In 10 days, this blog has been viewed more than 7000 times from many parts of the world. I really appreciate your enthusiasm. As it has caught your attention and there is an increasing number of blogs covering this news, this blog will not be maintained any more. However, the matter does not end yet; I do encourage you to keep yourself informed with the latest development and do as much as you can to help Cambodia and her efforts to deal with her big neighbour that has always bullied her. Here are the links for the news update:

Ps: There is a new website [preahvihearkhmer.com] where you can donate online.

Thank you very much.

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It seems that both sides do not want to be the first to withdraw. They are now watching each other.
“Both countries need to pass their domestic legitimacy processes,” ministry spokesman Tharit Charunvat told AFP.

“When the government says withdraw, we will immediately do so,” said Anupong Paochinda who is a Thai army chief as he told Reuters he was waiting an order from his government to pull out.

“For our side, there is no problem at all,” Cambodian PM Hun Sen told AP in the capital, Phnom Penh, adding, “the issue is up to Thailand to decide when to act. For us, anytime.”

Thai soldiers sit near a pagoda near the Preah Vihear temple ...

Thai soldiers sit near a pagoda near the Preah Vihear temple near Thai border in Preah Vihear province on July 17. Cambodia and Thailand have both signalled their willingness to stand down troops amassed along their disputed border, but neither showed any immediate signs of making the first move.

(AFP/File/Tang Chhin Sothy)
Cambodian soldiers sit at the Preah Vihear temple in the Cambodian ...

Cambodian soldiers sit at the Preah Vihear temple in the Cambodian Preah Vihear province on July 17. Cambodia and Thailand have both signalled their willingness to stand down troops amassed along their disputed border, but neither showed any immediate signs of making the first move.

(AFP/File/Tang Chhin Sothy)

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Thailand and Cambodia agree to adjust military deployment at Preah Vihear area

Thailand and Cambodia agreed on Monday to adjust military deployement in the area around the Preah Vihear temple, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong said.

He did not elaborate how to adjust the military presence in the area.

The minister was speaking after holding talks with the Thai side for almost 12 hours in a hotel in Siem Reap province on Monday.

Source: The Nation

Thailand's Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (L) and his Cambodian ...

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (L) and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong speaks during a news conference after their bilateral in Siem Reap July 28, 2008. The Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers held talks on Monday to try to defuse a row over a 900-year-old temple that has raised fears of a military clash between the southeast Asian neighbours.

REUTERS/Adrees Latif (CAMBODIA)

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Talks Founder

[dpa]

Siem Reap – Discussions over the ancient Preah Vihear temple stalled on Monday afternoon, Cambodian delegates said, adding that the prognosis for a bilateral solution was not good.

A senior Cambodian official who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed part of the problem for his side was the inexperience of the newly appointed Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnang.

“Cambodia is not happy. Neither side is happy,” the Cambodian diplomat said. “On the Thai side, the new foreign minister has not enough capacity to talk with the veteran Cambodian Foreign Minister.”

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has held the post for decades. A seasoned diplomat, he is not known for giving ground.

The two sides of six delegates moved into a third phase of talks late Monday, hours after they had been scheduled to end.

Shortly after the Preah Vihear temple was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO this month, Thailand moved troops into what it calls a disputed area that Cambodia maintains is its territory.

The 11th-century temple is sacred to Thais and Cambodians but only easily accessible from Thailand. Cambodia closed the border in June, saying it feared trouble after Thai protests.

Both sides have said they would not back down on the issue, which has voter nationalism running high.

Cambodia held national elections Sunday, returning the current government with an increased majority, but the Thai government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej remains under pressure.

Meanwhile troops in Preah Vihear, around 300 kilometres from the capital, were increasingly restless and a troop buildup continued.

“I am former Khmer Rouge. I am not used to sitting around. I am used to attacking my enemy,” said Khun Sarath, 57. “I am ready to fight the Thai invader as soon as the government gives the word.”

The Cambodians have said the word will not come and the next step will be mediation at the United Nations if bilateral talks fail. A total alcohol ban is in force around the temple to curb the enthusiasm of fighters like Sarath.

In 2003 an angry mob torched the Thai embassy and some businesses over a false rumour that a Thai actress had claimed another temple, Angkor Wat, was Thai, and Cambodian officials have said they are determined that such a diplomatic disaster will not be repeated.


Earlier report:

No progress was reported on Monday from bilateral talks on the flashpoint Preah Vihear temple despite the presence of new Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, reports from Siem Reap say.

Foreign ministers from the two Southeast Asian nations expressed optimism that their talks would produce a breakthrough in the dispute.

But midway through the talks Monday in Siem Reap, the mood was tense and progress remained elusive, officials said.

“We have discussed many points but we have not reached a solution yet,” Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters.

Source: The Bangkok Post

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An Open Letter from Scholars of Southeast Asian Studies Concerning the Preah Vihear Case

Faculty of Liberal Arts,

Thammasat University

Siam/Thailand

July 2008

To Teachers, Parents, Mass Media, Students, and the People of Thailand and Cambodia,

The recent border dispute over the “Preah Vihear” World Heritage site has led to a series of highly emotional protests from some organizations and individuals in Thailand, leading to a situation of unwarranted hostility among them and between people of the two countries.

Scholars of Southeast Asian Studies, whose purpose is to contribute to knowledge about the Southeast Asian region, wish to emphasize that the root of this border dispute is in the historical and cultural legacies of Thailand and Cambodia. Facts and interpretations of historical evidences should be conducted with respect to the truth, and not to serve partsan political interests. Accordingly, we would like to propose the following:

1. In the case of ‘Preah Vihear’, we fully support the ruling of the International Court of Justice on 15 June 1962 at The Hague, Netherlands; that the sovereignty over the “Preah Vihear” belongs to Cambodia.

2. We support and promote the vigorous debates over contentious issues, providing that the knowledge should not be used to cause prejudice and antagonism between neighboring countries that may even lead to warfare.

3. We recognize that various countries in the region share a common history and culture. These commonalities should serve as the foundation of international cooperation to protect human dignity and for fraternity among nations, particularly in the face of increasing challenges to all countries in the region posed by globalization.

4. We recommend that the necessary steps should be taken to resolve this dispute through organizational mediation. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should initiate this process to achieve this goal.

We urge teachers, parents, mass media, students, and the people of Thailand and Cambodia to call for a peaceful solution to this dispute, based on respect for the integrity of all Southeast Asian nations.

Yours sincerely,

Signed (enclosed)

รายชื่อผู้ร่วมลงนาม/The Signed/Khmer Language

ดร. ชาญวิทย์ เกษตรศิริ

อดีตอธิการบดี มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์

Dr.Charnvit Kasetsiri

Former Rector, Thammasat University

รองศาสตราจารย์ ดร. ธเนศ อาภรณ์สุวรรณ

คณะศิลปศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์

Associate Professor Dr.Thanet Aphornsuvan

Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University

ศาสตราจารย์ ดร. ธงชัย วินิจกุล

มหาวิทยาลัยวิสคอนซิน เมดิสัน

Professor Dr.Thongchai Winichakul

Southeast Asian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin Madison

ดร. ศรีประภา เพชรมีศรี

โครงการสิทธิมนุษยชนศึกษาและการพัฒนาสังคม มหาวิทยาลัยมหิดล

Dr.Sriprapha Petcharamesree

Office of Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Mahidol University

อาจารย์ กฤษณา พรพิบูลย์

นักวิชาการ เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ศึกษา

Miss Kridsanah Pornpibul

Scholar, Southeast Asian Studies

ดร. เคย์ โมห์แมน

นักวิชาการ เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ศึกษา

Dr.Kay Mohlman

Scholar, Southeast Asian Studies

อาจารย์ อัครพงษ์ ค่ำคูณ

โครงการเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ศึกษา

Mr.Akkharaphong Khamkhun

Southeast Asian Studies Program

อาจารย์ เม็ง วง

นักวิชาการ สถาบันภาษาแห่งชาติ ราชบัณฑิตสถานแห่งกัมพูชา

Mr.Meng Vong

Institute of National Language, Royal Academy of Cambodia

อาจารย์ สมฤทธิ์ ลือชัย

นักวิชาการ เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ศึกษา

Mr.Somrit Luechai

Scholar, Southeast Asian Studies

Mr.Akkharaphong Khamkhun

Junior Lecturer

Southeast Asian Studies Program,

Room No. 206A Faculty of Liberal Arts,

Thammasat University, Tha-Prachan Campus

Bangkok 10200, Siamthailand

Tel. 0-2613-2672, Fax.0-2613-2599,

Mobile Phone. +66-6621-6153

Charnvit Kasetsiri, Ph.D.Senior Adviser and Lecturer

Southeast Asian Studies Program

Thammasat University

Bangkok 10200, Siam (not Thailand)

Secretary
Social Sciences and Humanities Textbook Foundation

413/38 Arun-Amarin Rd.,

Bangkok 10700, Siam
handphone 089-476-0505
e-mail: charnvitkasetsiri@ yahoo.com;

h-pages: http://textbookspro ject.com/ HOME.html,

http://www.tu. ac.th/org/ arts/seas;
662-424-5768, fax. 662-433-8713

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Cambodian students in the Philippines will make a demonstration on Monday in front of the Thai embassy in the Philippines while the students in Japan will boycott Thai products:

We are students, we are not soldiers. That is what we can do to have Khmer united. We want to encourage Khmer people locally and Khmer people who stay abroad also. It shows the world as well as neighboring countries that wherever we are, we always think of our lovely Cambodia. We will do all ways not in order that even one small piece of our land wont loose.

Our purpose of demonstration:
-Thai troops must be out of Cambodian territory
– Thai must accept map recognized internationally
– Map done unilaterally by Thailand wont be accepted

Therefore, please be informed as Khmer love Khmer. And if you all have time, please consider like this also in other countries where there are Khmer students or people.

This is to inform that Cambodian Students Association in Japan (CSAJ) decided to boycott products and services made by or in Thailand . This decision is to respond to Thai invasion into Cambodian territory and Thai government’s dishonest statement and action.

CSAJ would like also to request all Cambodian students in Japan to boycott Thai products and services. In this regard, Cambodian students in Japan should avoid Thai restaurants, Thai clothes, Thai airports, and Thai airlines if possible.

CSAJ shall continue to boycott and request all Cambodian students to boycott Thai products and services until the Thai troops withdraw from Cambodian territory.

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The attention of Preah Vihear issue drops

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy shows his ink-stained ...Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ink-stained finger ...
Left: Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy shows his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot at polling station during the general election at Chan Moly pagoda in Bateay district, Kampong Cham province, about 50km from Phnom Penh July 27, 2008. (Nicolas Axelrod/Reuters)
Right: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ink-stained finger to the media after casting his ballot during the general election at a polling station in Takmoa town in Kandal province, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, July 27, 2008. (Chor Sokunthea/Reuters)

The CPP of PM Hun Sen could win as many as 80 91 seats while SRP of Sam Rainsy will get around 40 26 seats. The HRP, NRP and Funcinpec will share the seats left. Preah Vihear will dominate the news again from tomorrow since the election is over and the 2nd meeting is also scheduled to take place in Siem Reap tomorrow.

Hor Namhong with Tej Bunnag during a meeting in Cambodia in 2004

Source: MFAIC

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