Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 27, 2009; Cambodia and Thailand Meets

PHNOM PENH, June 27 - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Thailand's deputy premier on Saturday as diplomatic tensions mounted over a 900-year-old temple that sits on the border between the two countries.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva sent Suthep Thaugsuban, to meet Hun Sen to explain why Thailand was challenging a U.N. decision to make the Preah Vihear temple a world heritage site under the sole jurisdiction of Cambodia.

Thailand wants joint development and supervision of the Hindu temple perched on an escarpment that forms a natural border between the Southeast Asian neighbours and could one day be a lucrative tourist site.

Thailand's latest questioning of the temple's status has angered Phnom Penh, and both sides have sent more troops to the disputed area around Preah Vihear.

Hun Sen had earlier said Preah Vihear was not up for discussion and on Friday told local television that Suthep was welcome "to raise the issue of withdrawing Thai troops from the border".

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 24, 2009; Robert Petit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia Resigns



Canadian co-prosecutor Robert Petit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia speaks during a news conference in the outskirts of Phnom Penh June 24, 2009. Petit, an international prosecutor at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, announced his resignation Tuesday from the court.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 23, 2009; Thai Deputy Prime Minister to Visit Cambodia

BANGKOK, June 23 - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is sending his right-hand man to Cambodia in a bid to calm rising tensions over an ancient temple claimed by both countries on their disputed border.

The Saturday visit by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Taugsuban will follow Thailand's latest challenge of a U.N. decision to make the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple a world heritage site under the sole jurisdiction of Cambodia.

"I will explain to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that we have problems with UNESCO, not with Cambodia," Suthep told reporters on Tuesday, referring to the U.N. culture body.

Thailand wants joint development and supervision of the Hindu temple perched on an escarpment that forms a natural border between the Southeast Asian neighbours and could one day be a lucrative tourist site.

"From my personal acquaintance with him, Hun Sen does not want Cambodia and Thailand to have trouble with each other," Suthep said.

Cambodian Foreign Minister told reporters at the weekend that his country was ready to fend off any attacks from Thailand "either militarily, diplomatically or through legal action at the international court".

The sabre-rattling comes ahead of this week's UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville, Spain, at which both Cambodia and Thailand have representatives.

In an interview on Monday, Abhisit blamed the border tensions on UNESCO for "trying to register and manage the area when the process of demarcation hasn't been completed".

"Since they have been active in this, we have casualties, we have tensions, and tourists can't go there any more. That defeats the whole purpose of World Heritage, restoring the heritage for local people, for tourists," Abhisit said.

The Thai leader said he and Hun Sen agreed at their meeting this month to resolve the temple row without violence and not let it stand in the way of cooperation on other issues.

Both sides have talked about developing the site as a tourist destination.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June 12, 2009; Cambodia and Thailand Prime Ministers Discussions

PHNOM PENH, June 12 - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to allow two Thai Muslims convicted of plotting attacks on Western embassies in Phnom Penh in 2004 to serve the rest of their prison terms in Thailand.

The deal was agreed during a meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The two Thais and a Cambodian, who were linked to the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah, were given life sentences by a Cambodian court in December 2004 for plotting to bomb the U.S. and British embassies in Phnom Penh.

Chiming Abdul Azi, Muhammadyalludin Mading and Cambodian Sman Esma El were found guilty of colluding to attack the missions along with Hambali, the suspected JI mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

Hambali remains in U.S. detention since being handed over by Thailand after his capture in the central city of Ayutthaya in 2003.

Cambodians serving prison sentences in Thailand would be returned as part of the deal.

Hun Sen told his Thai counterpart that he would send the two convicted Thais to serve their punishment in Thailand and vice-versa.

The transfers could take some time because Thailand and Cambodia have no extradition agreement.

The two leaders also pledged to settle a long-running dispute over the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, which has been a source of tension between the two countries for generations.

Cambodia and Thai Prime Ministers agreed that armed conflicts would not take place at the border near the temple.

Friday, June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009; Thai Prime Minister and Cambodian Prime Minister Meets


Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, arrives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh June 12, 2009. Prime Minister Abhisit is in Cambodia to discuss border issues with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 4, 2009; President Obama Visits the pyramids



U.S. President Barack Obama takes a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

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