Fine Arts Department to present documents showing Thai ownership of Ta Muean Thom

August 6th, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Director General of the Fine Arts Department, Mr. Kreangkai Sumpachalit (เกรียงไกร สัมปัชชลิต), said that it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ duty to negotiate with the Cambodian government on ownership of the Ta Muean Thom Khmer Ruins (ปราสาทตาเมือนธม), following allegations by the Cambodian Minister of Defence Gen. Tea Banh (เตีย บัน) that the historical site belonged to Cambodia.

Mr. Kreangkai said that the Fine Arts Department would present documents which showed that the Ta Muean Thom Khmer Ruins (ปราสาทตาเมือนธม) were registered as a Thai historical site, which was maintained and renovated by Thailand over the years. He adds that, in the past, Cambodia has had no involvement in managing the site.

The director general said that the Cambodian-Thai Joint Border Committee (JBC) would determine the exact demarcation point of both nations. UNESCO archaeology expert Peter Skilling (ปีเตอร์ สกิลลิง) stressed that Thailand and Cambodia should not conduct hostile action over the issue, as residents living over disputed territory would suffer.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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