Thailand protests against Cambodia’s violation of Thailand’s sovereignty in the Temple of Ta Kwai area
September 16, 2008
According to the news report, Cambodian armed units have entered and occupied the Temple of Ta Kwai (Prasat Ta Kwai) in early August and September 2008.
On 16 September 2008 at 17.00 hrs., Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs invited the Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand to receive an Aide-Memoire protesting Cambodia’s violation of Thailand’s sovereignty in the Temple of Ta Kwai area within Surin Province of Thailand. The summary of the Aide-Memoire is as follows:
1. On 6 September 2008, a Cambodian armed unit had been intruding into the Temple of Ta Kwai area which is situated in the Thai territory (after a previous intrusion by Cambodian military unit of about 30 men during 3-6 August 2008). The Thai local authorities therefore requested the said Cambodia unit to evacuate the area. The request was however disregarded for several days and the said Cambodian unit was withdrawn from the site and its vicinity only after repeated protests from the said Thai local authorities.
2. These acts constituted violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore formally lodges a protest in this regard and requests that the Royal Government of Cambodia do its utmost to avoid this kind of unfortunate incident in the future.
3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby reaffirms Thailand’s commitment to closely cooperate with Cambodia within the existing framework of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) with a view to resolving boundary issues in a just and peaceful manner in accordance with international law.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms that Temple of Ta Kwai is situated in Thai territory. Thailand and Cambodia is currently in the process of joint survey and demarcation for the entire stretch of 798 kilometers of land boundary in accordance with the MOU of 2000. The said process has progressed well and is a mechanism for solving all boundary issues, including this issue.