July 27, 2009
An activist group on Preah Vihear Temple dispute has urged the government to prevent efforts to file for a joint World Heritage listing of the ancient temple to avoid criticism that it is not acting in Thailand's best interest.
An associated network which has been closely monitoring the Preah Vihear Temple dispute demanded that the government officially notify UNESCO that Thailand will not agree to the joint listing of the ancient temple. The group is led by Wanwipa Charoonroj of Thammasat University's Thai Studies Institute.
The Thai government has yet to discuss whether Thailand should ask Cambodia to jointly register the ancient Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage site.
Wanwipa said the government could attempt to petition for the ancient temple to be listed jointly by Thailand and Cambodia.
The Administrative Court had issued an injunction to prohibit the government from supporting the listing of Preah Vihear as a World Heritage site.
The joint communique was ruled as unconstitutional because it was not reviewed and endorsed by Parliament. The government was also urged not to boycott setting up a World Heritage committee to oversee the conservation and development of the Preah Vihear Temple.
The group then called on the government to make clear its opposition to the Preah Vihear listing by Cambodia and quickly settle the long-standing dispute over the area around the ancient temple and its ownership.