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Thailand asserts Cambodia will remove flag from Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda

BANGKOK, Jan 31 — Thailand has demanded that Cambodia remove
both the Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda and the Cambodian flag flying over
the pagoda while reasserting that the pagoda is in Thai territory.

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday issued a statement
asserting that Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda built by Cambodia in 1998 is
situated on Thai territory and demanded that the neighbouring country
remove both the pagoda and the national flag flying over the pagoda.

The statement said it is a reiteration of the many protests Thailand
has submitted regarding Cambodian activities at the pagoda and the
surrounding area, all of which constitute violations of the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of Thailand.

The statement was issued days after Phnom Penh rejected a Thai demand
to remove the Cambodian national flag, saying that the Cambodian flag
is legitimate at the pagoda as it is situated inside Cambodia.

The Cambodian government earlier reiterated that Keo Sikha Kiri Svara
pagoda, nearby Preah Vihear, is clearly situated within the territory
of Cambodia according to the map drawn by the Franco-Siamese Commission
in 1908.

The Thai ministry of foreign affairs added that according to the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Thailand and Cambodia on the
Survey and Demarcation of Land Boundary of 2000, the 1904 and 1907
Treaties and “other documents relating to the application” of both
treaties are the relevant legal documents to determine the boundary
line.

Thailand therefore does not accept the assertion by Cambodia that the
1:200,000 Map is the basis for determining the boundary, it said.

The ministry also reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to resolving all
boundary issues with Cambodia in accordance with international law
through peaceful means under the framework of the Thai-Cambodian Joint
Commission on Demarcation for the Land Boundary (JBC).  The
determination of the boundary line in the area of the Temple of Preah
Vihear is still subject to ongoing negotiation under the framework of
the JBC. (MCOT online news) 


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