Thursday, 21 August 2008

Fine Arts Department seeks to repair Ta Muen Thom temples despite ongoing border conflict

August 21st, 2008
by Amrit Rashmisrisethi

Director-General of the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture Kriangkrai Sampatchalit commented that the ongoing Ta Muen Thom ruins territorial conflict ultimately should be resolved by having both Thai and Cambodia withdraw their claim to the site and leave it as a shared grey area. He stated that the matter of real concern is that as the issue remains unresolved, needed renovations and repairs to the site cannot be done.

Mr. Kriangkrai revealed that his department has prepared details of planned renovations and management to the Ta Muen Thom temple compound to be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plans will be proposed to join in upcoming border conflict discussions. He said that if the temple compound is left unattended to, it will be detrimental in the future.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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