Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Namhong tells reporters in a press conference at the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Saturday that Cambodia welcomes Thailand militarily, diplomatically, internationally or through peaceful negotiations.
The Cambodian deputy prime minister quoted the Thai side as saying that the UNESCO’s decision to register Preah Vihea temple in the world’s heritage committee is threatening Thailand in an attempt to solve the border problem. Therefore, he said, we don’t understand what (they) Thailand said, or all the words they said without considering, or knowing anything, or with causing a problem.
He said that Thai prime minister, deputy prime minister and foreign minister are using words of lack of thoughts on the matter of the belongs of Cambodia’s Preah Vihea temple and sending a threaten message to UNESCO before the meeting of World Heritage Committee to be held in Spain on June 23.
He said that Thai leader wanted to review about registering Preah Vihear temple with committee of World Heritage of UNESCO and also wanted to register jointly for Preah Vihear temple and land surrounding areas belongs to Cambodia not Thailand according to the verdict of World Court’s rule in 1962.
“It is big mistake and serious one that were created by Thai leaders, “he said, adding that they have spoken without thoughts.
“If they want to have armed conflicts for third time, we welcome, “he said, adding “today we have known that Thai command for second region put their troops on alert, our troops also is ready for fighting, but so far the situation there is calm.”
Moreover, he said, the border tension was caused by Thai side. We want to resolve the border issue peacefully and friendly. But our effort made no result.
Military tension has not occurred yet today, but tomorrow I do not know, he said, adding that Preah Vihea temple already registered as cultural and humanitarian matters for all people.
“We are ready to deal border issue with Thailand by using peaceful resolution, international law, military, or diplomatic ways, he said.