Cambodia Once Again Rejects Thailand’s Claim of Keo Sikha Kiri Svara Pagoda

The Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok has, in a diplomatic note to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, rejected the latter’s diplomatic note saying that Cambodia has conducted a repair work in the Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda, which is located in Thailand’s territory.

The following is the diplomatic note dated May 4:

“The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and, with reference to the Ministry’s Note No 0803/310 dated 9 April 2010, regarding the repair work of Kod (monk’s abode) in the KEO SIKHA KIRI SVARA pagoda, has the honour to communicate to the latter as follows:

 – The Kingdom of Cambodia wishes to reiterate that the KEO SIKHA KIRI SVARA pagoda, which is located in the vicinity of the Temple of PREAH VIHEAR, is clearly situated within the territory of Cambodia according to the Dangrek Map drawn by the Franco-Siamese Commission in 1908 and recognized and used by the International Court of Justice as ‘Annex I’ map for its judgment in 1962.

– Since the signing of the 1908 Convention, Thailand had formally recognized this area as Cambodian territory, and furthermore after the adjudication of the International Court of Justice in 1962. Only after the inscription of the Temple of PREAH VIHEAR on the World Heritage List on 7 July 2008 that Thailand wrongly claimed this area as Thai territory.

 – Thus, the recent repair work at the KEO SIKHA KIRI SVARA pagoda was conducted entirely within the territory of Cambodia. Cambodia, therefore, totally rejects once again the baseless allegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.

– The Royal Embassy of Cambodia has further the honour to INVITE the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand to refer to the following documents sent to Thailand, before repeating such a fabrication again and again.

1. Letter of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia dated 19 July 2008 (with map attached), addressed to H.E. Samak Sundaravej, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand.

2. Note No 1893 MFA-IC/LC4, dated 20 November 2008, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

3. Note No 0253/09/REC/BKK, dated 17 March 2009, of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok.

4. Note No 505 LC/MFA-IC, dated 04 April 2009, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia (with map attached).

5. Note No 0396/09/REC/BKK, dated 22 April 2009, of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok (with map attached).

6. Note No 490 LC3/MFA-IC, dated 29 March 2010, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The Royal Embassy of Cambodia avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand the assurances of its highest consideration.”–

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