Tuesday, October 16, 2012

King Father on Preah Vihear issue

Thursday, 10 July 2008
Unofficial Translation from French
Written by The Phnom Penh Post

Communique from Norodom Sihanouk

Phnom Penh, 8 July 2008

I. Certain journalists are writing that the main entrance to the Preah Vihear temple faces Thailand and not Cambodia.

II. The Thais have said, say and have written and write that one of the “proofs” of Thai ownership of Preah Vihear is constituted by the fact that access to the temple is infinitely more easy from the Thai side rather than from the Cambodian side.

III. These journalists and these Thais seem to ignore the following historic facts, ones which amply prove that the mountain and the temple of Preah Vihear are 100% Cambodian and belong 100% to Cambodia.

a/. The construction (10th and 11th centuries) of Preah Vihear by two successive Khmer Kings and is a purely Khmer work.

b/. The mountain and the temple of Preah Vihear could be found, during the 10th and 11th centuries, “very much in the interior” of Kampuchea, in the Khmer Empire, of which the borders extended for hundreds of kilometers, to the north, the east and west, much further than the current Cambodian borders with Thailand and Laos.

As a consequence, the mountain and the Preah Vihear temple could be found not on the Cambodia-Siam (Thai) border but “deep in the interior” of the Kingdom (of the Khmer Empire) and the “main entrance” of Preah Vihear “looked” not towards Siam (Thailand) but to Kampuchea.

c/. The International Court in the Hague, which in 1962, rendered justice to Cambodia, did not ignore all this, and let me, once again, offer them a respectful and admiring homage.

d/. Thanks to Khmer Sovereignty and the Khmer empire (Angkorian in particular) , present day Thailand is very rich in Angkorian style Khmer temples and monuments.

[It is] absolutely wrong and gives proof to the meanness, which, in Thailand, causes to Cambodia and its people undeserved and anachronistic troubles concerning the temple of Preah Vihear, instead of devoting ourselves to the harmonious and fruitful development of our friendship and our (authentic) brotherhood (Thai-Cambodian).

(signed) Norodom Sihanouk


Anonymous said...

The King will always be missed immensely. I have been always respected to the King. I can’t wait to attend the funeral procession of the King. Our King had cliamed Preah Vihear temple from Thailand, Independ from French and mores.

former KR soldier

Anonymous said...

KR, I understand, you thank the king's downfall because without it, you wouldn't be where you are right now, Bloodsucker!!!. I am sure you will be next because power is not yours to take but yours to earn it with good moral deed, that is through proper votes and privileges, not through murder e.g. King ta was not our real king, it was suppose to be Sisawat Monireth and now, see what happened? nothing but a whole nation in ruined. So, go a head do your fake mourn with your crocodile's tear, just to please the Royal, its alright.

3 million souls

Anonymous said...

Agreed, millions Khmers lost their lives directly and indirectly of ex king father Notodom Sihanouk failed policies. He embraced Communist and the resulted KR genocide and Vietnsmese occupation until today.

Anonymous said...

Burn his body over there (China). Don't bring back to Cambodia. He was a Traitor to Khmer people. The Khmer people have suffered enough by him. He did not respect even his own mother. He was an evil king . He should be alive until he can serve his punishement in the Khmer Rouge trail. Please don't forget he was the person who killed Lok Protean Sam Rainsy's father.

Pang Sokheoun, Secretary-General of SRP in Sweden.កុលបុត្រមហានគរខ្មែរ

Anonymous said...

1:11 PM

Even foreigners respect the great king and millions khmer will do the same.

What make you think people listen to you? so STFU, khmer rouge!