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They Can't Even Agree On The Spelling Of The Name!


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Two excerpts form recent articles in the Bangkok Post:

4th Feb:

Negotiations between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear have stumbled over the spelling of the name of the famed ancient temple.A Thai official said yesterday officials of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission were trying to find a way around the problem so border negotiations could proceed.Vasin Teeravechyan, who chairs the commission, said a solution acceptable to the two countries would be found.Thailand insists on using "the Temple of Phra Viharn-Preah Vihear" on documents used in the negotiations. Cambodian officials strongly object, saying Preah Vihear is internationally accepted.Mr Vasin, who is a retired Foreign Ministry official, said the name proposed by Thailand was very common in international negotiations on the issue.The Temple of Phra Viharn-Preah Vihear has been approved by parliament for the framework negotiations with Cambodia. Thailand will use it in documents to be signed with Cambodia.


5th Feb:

The two sides also could not settle on the name of the temple for inclusion in documents. Thailand wanted to refer to it as "the Temple of Phra Viharn-Preah Vihear" but Cambodia again objected.Mr Vasin said any change in the names of the temple and the joint military patrol panel needed parliamentary approval in Thailand. The Thai side had to stick strictly to the names endorsed by parliament, he said.The deadlock meant the minutes were not signed at the end of the two-day meeting yesterday.


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