Friday, February 18, 2011

UN world heritage agency appoints special envoy for Preah Vihear temple

11 February 2011 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today named Koïchiro Matsuura as Special Envoy to address the issue of Preah Vihear, a Hindu temple inscribed on the World Heritage List that has been damaged owing to recent border clashes between Cambodia and Thailand.
Mr. Matsuura, the former Director-General of UNESCO, will visit Bangkok and Phnom Penh to discuss how the site can be safeguarded.

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1 comment:

  1. As a resident of Thailand it seems unlikely that any positive actions can be taken as the issue is deeply wrapped up in the manipulation of Thai public opinion by most of the political groups currently active. It has become a cause celebre also as some senior Thai politicians are currently jailed in Cambodia for entering the disputed area. Makes it challenging to visit Preah Vihear at this time.