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Thai protesters urge government to solve border dispute with Cambodia

Supporters of the so-called People’s Alliance for Democracy, also known
as the Yellow Shirts, hold portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and
Queen Sirikit during a protest outside the government house in Bangkok,
Thailand Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Thailand’s capital is bracing for a
new round of street protests by nationalist groups that claim the
government fails to safeguard disputed territory along the border with
neighboring Cambodia.
BANGKOK: Activists on Saturday continued to urge Thailand’s government
to resolve a dispute over an ancient temple which sits on the border
with Cambodia, MCOT online news reported.
The ‘Yellow Shirt’
activists from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who have been
rallying near Thailand’s Government House for the fifth day, are
demanding the government to scrap the existing memorandum of
understanding (MOU) signed between both countries in 2000 to settle the
disputed border areas.



The
activists said they will not disperse unless Thailand withdraws from
the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, revoke three memorandums of
understanding signed by the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission
(JBC), and eject Cambodian soldiers and villagers in border areas the
group claims belong to Thailand.



Tensions between both
countries increased after a Cambodian national flag was flying above
the entrance of the Kaew Sikha Khiri Sawara temple near Preah Vihear
temple, which is located in the disputed border area.



PAD is
also calling for the release of two out of seven Thais who were
arrested by Cambodian soldiers on charges of violating Cambodian
territory on December 29 and are due to appear for a court trial on
Tuesday. Party spokesman Panthep Puapongphan said they all were
apprehended in Thai territory.




Meanwhile, Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva, now attending the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland, said in a telephone interview that the border problem with
Cambodia must be carried out by peaceful manner, especially as both
countries are members of ASEAN: the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations: and his government must uphold the country’s benefits as most
important. 


Cambodia and Thailand have been involved in the
border dispute since Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as
World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. Thailand claims ownership of 1.8
square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple. Periodic clashes
between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of
troops on both sides.

Source: One India News

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