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UNESCO calls for Cambodian-Thai dialogue

07-30-2010 08:51 BJT

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After two days of heated discussion, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee decided on Wednesday to add the Tombs of Buganda Kings in Uganda to its list of endangered world heritage sites. The committee also removed the Galapagos Islands from its list of endangered sites, thanks to Ecuador's protective efforts. Meanwhile, UNESCO is calling for Cambodian-Thai dialogue to safeguard the Hindu Preah Vihear Temple.

There's an ongoing dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over Cambodia's listing of Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site.

At the meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, Cambodia has submitted a Full Management Plan for the Hindu-styled temple required by the committee after the temple was inscribed as the World Heritage site in 2008.

Thailand said it would walk out from the meeting if the committee approved Cambodia's management plan.

The Bangkok Post's website reported earlier Thailand will also review its membership at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, if the international agency endorses the management plan.

Thailand and Cambodia have historically laid claim to the site, which is located on a mountain top on the Thai-Cambodia border. The disputed area of 4.6 square kilometers has not been demarcated.

Meanwhile, the World Heritage Committee is reviewing 32 new sites that are candidates for the World Heritage List. The list now contains 890 properties, including 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed sites in 148 countries.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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