Thailand & Cambodia
Thailand and Cambodia’s impasse over the Preah Vihear temple continues. Cambodia opposes Thailand’s request that the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization delay a decision on the management plan for areas surrounding the temple until Thailand and Cambodia had come to an agreement on the nearby border.
Thailand has also prevented the implementation of a February agreement for Indonesian observers to monitor the border near the Preah Vihear temple, calling for Cambodia to remove all of its troops from the temple first. The Bangkok Post reports that a Thai senate panel is reaching out to the French senate with the hope that France’s historical ties to the region would allow it to play a mediating role.
The Cambodian Mine Action Center and international groups report that Thailand used cluster munitions during fighting over the border in February. Jan Erik Stea of Norwegian People’s Aid said that between 5,000 and 10,000 people would be affected by the munitions. The standoff continues despite receiving considerable attention at the annual ASEAN summit in May.