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Activists hold forum on disputed Preah Vihear temple with Cambodia

SI SA KET, Dec 26 — Leaders of the activist Yellow Shirt group,
the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Sunday conducted a public
forum in the northeastern Thai province of Si Sa Ket on the historic
ruins of the ancient Preah Vihear temple, disputed with neighbouring
Cambodia.

More than 500 people attended the forum while top PAD leaders retired
Maj- Gen Chamlong Srimuang and Pipop Thongchai demanded that the Thai
government to revoke the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed
between Thailand and Cambodia in 2000.

The two PAD core leaders also urged supporters to join a major rally to be held in the Thai capital in late January.

The International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands in
1962  ruled that the 11th century temple belongs to Cambodia.

UNESCO named it a World Heritage site in 2008 after Cambodia applied
such status. Cambodia submitted a management plan for the temple
recently to the UNESCO World Heritage Commission, which deferred its
decision until next year.

Both countries claimed a 1.8 square mile (4.6 sq km) tract of land near the cliff-top Preah Vihear temple. (MCOT online news)

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