11.02.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

The Director-General of UNESCO names Koïchiro Matsuura as Special Envoy on Preah Vihear

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, has named Koïchiro Matsuura as Special Envoy to address the issue of Preah Vihear.

Mr Matsuura, former Director-General of UNESCO, will visit Bangkok and Phnom Penh to discuss how the World Heritage site can be safeguarded. He will examine with both sides how to lessen tension and promote dialogue around the preservation of the Temple, within the Organization's mandate.

The Director-General informed Cambodia and Thailand about Mr Matsuura's mission.

Preah Vihear Temple was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008 on the grounds of its outstanding universal value. States Parties to UNESCO's World Heritage Convention of 1972 undertake to recognize that "such heritage constitutes a world heritage for whose protection it is the duty of the international community as a whole to co-operate".

Cambodia and Thailand are both signatories to the Convention.

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