The Office of the Spokesperson of the Press and Quick Reaction Unit (PRU) of the Office of the Council of Ministers (OCM) of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) categorically rejected the assertion by ASTV Manager Online on 3 December 2010 at 22:23 PM saying that:
“At this moment the Government of Mr. Hun Sen is pushing down with all its might a grand scheme in order to snatch away the Temple of Preah Vihear and the areas in its vicinity to make its own”.
This is purely a false accusation and fabrication by ASTV Manager online whichhas been known to be the mouthpiece of the PAD core-leader Sondhi Limthongkul, a communication tycoon who owns ASTV station.
In fact, it is publicly well known that the Temple of Preah Vihear belongs to Cambodia and currently we are waiting for the Cambodian -Thai Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) to work on the demarcation of land boundary on the sites.
This is not the first time that Sondhi Limthongkul spoke ill about Cambodia and the Cambodian leaders, either with slanderous attacks, or fabrication of false news in order to mislead the national and international public, or baseless accusations. On many occasions, the Spokesperson of the PRU had protested against Sondhi Limthongkul who had time and again conducted a hatred campaign against the people of Cambodia and the Cambodian leaders, igniting and inflaming the enmity between Cambodians and Thais. He has proven that he is becoming a raving lunatic whose mission is to destroy good and friendly relations between the people of Thailand and the people of Cambodia.
In the same vein, the Spokesperson of the Press and Quick Reaction Unit rejected the ASTV Manager Online‘s assertion that “His Excellency Dr. Sok An Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers has come out and claimed victory over Thailand sovereignty because Cambodia can force Thailand to cut down Thai military troops at the Keo Sikkha Kiri Svara pagoda, and in so doing this means that Thailand has recognized that the pagoda and the areas in the vicinity of the Temple of Preah Vihear belong to Cambodia”.
As a matter of fact, during the visit of ICAPP leaders at the Temple of Preah Vihear on 5 December, 2010, H.E. Dr, Sok An did not touch even one word about the military issue. On the contrary, he did tell the foreign guests, firstly about the history of the construction of this Temple of Preah Vihear; secondly about the decision of the International Court of Justice’s three-point Judgement on 15 June 1962. Thirdly, H.E. Dr. Sok An also informed the foreign delegates about the correct decision of World Heritage Committee to unanimously inscribe the Temple of Preah Vihear on 7 July 2008, in Quebec City Canada on the World Heritage List under Criterion (I) that is Preah Vihear is an outstanding masterpiece of khmer architecture with an outstanding universal value. And finally, he also briefed the delegations about the tireless efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia to protect, preserve and develop the Preah Vihear area.
The Spokesperson of the PRU is under the obligation to bring to the attention of the national and international public that Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia has once again proven to be a peace maker, this time, to bring peace in the border areas between Cambodia and Thailand.Samdech Hun Sen was proud to announce on 6 December 2010 during a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education that “the situation has eased and returned to what it was like before July 15, 2008.