UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova Convenes meeting between Cambodia and Thailand to discuss conservation measures for Temple of Preah Vihear World Heritage Site
The Director-General of UNESCO has facilitated three days of bilateral and individual consultations between delegations from Cambodia (led by Vice-Prime Minister. Sok An) and Thailand (led by Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment) to discuss conservation issues concerning the World Heritage site of Preah Vihear. The meeting took place ahead of the forthcoming 35th session of the World Heritage Committee that will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 19-29 June, 2011.
The meeting, held in an open atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation, sought to foster common understanding of the issues affecting the World Heritage site, and to reach agreement on enhancing its state of conservation following recent threats to the property.
The Director-General while expressing satisfaction that the two Parties had responded positively to her invitation and affirmed their will to protect and preserve the Temple from future potential damages, voiced her disappointment at the fact that no agreement was reached between the Parties on concrete steps ahead of the forthcoming World Heritage Committee session.
“I appeal to both countries to pursue efforts towards achieving a common agreement before the World Heritage Committee session in June in a spirit of cooperation and constructive dialogue” said the Director-General, Irina Bokova.