Designation of World Heritage Sites Not Always a Happy Occasion

Posted on August 19, 2008

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Last month, UNESCO inscribed 27 new sites onto the World Heritage List.  Among those inscribed was Preah Vihear temple, on the border between Thailand and Cambodia.  A 1962 international court ruling awarded the temple to Cambodia, but there is still dispute regarding surrounding lands.  The designation of the complex as a World Heritage Site reignited nationalistic tensions and spurred controversy, which appears to be abating.  Thai and Cambodian officials are meeting in Hua Hin to discuss a long-term solution to the dispute.

Read the BBC’s “Talks on Thai-Cambodia Temple Row.”

Read the Wikipedia entry on the Preah Vihear temple.

Check out the newest additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List: “Twenty-seven new sites inscribed“.

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