UNESCO to post signs at Preah Vihear temple

October 30, 2008 at 6:02 am 12 comments

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) — The Cambodian National Committee, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will post signs at Preah Vihear temple to create a protection zone around the World Heritage site, national media reported Wednesday.

The move follows claims by Cambodian officials that a statue and staircase at the 11th-century monument were damaged by Thai grenades during clashes on Oct. 15 that left three Cambodian soldiers and a Thai trooper dead, the Phnom Penh Post said.

Phay Siphan, secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, said three signs will be posted around the temple on Nov. 7 to prevent further damage to the site.

“Preah Vihear is not just Cambodian property, but world property,” he told the Post.

“Cambodia and Thailand are both members of UNESCO, so we want their cooperation in protecting the temple,” he added.

Hang Soth, director general of the Preah Vihear Authority, said the new signs will demarcate a new protection zone to deter fighting in the area.

“There will be no further shooting on the temple or in the protection zone,” he said.

“We will post the signs, and Thai soldiers must join us in respecting the boundary,” he added.

Editor: Lin Liyu

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