Koichiro Matsuura, the UNESCO Director-General’s special envoy on the Preah Vihear Temple, will travel to Bangkok and Phnom Penh between Feb. 25 and Mar. 1 to discuss the safeguarding of the World Heritage site with Thai and Cambodian prime ministers.

Matsuura, a former Director-General of UNESCO (1999-2009) and a former Chair of the World Heritage Committee (1999), will also examine with both sides ways of reducing tension and promoting dialogue around the preservation of the temple, said a statement issued by the Paris-based UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Also on Feb. 23, spokesperson Panithan Wattanayakorn for the Thai government announced a visit by a UNESCO mission to Thailand on Feb. 25 to gather information relating to the disputes around the temple of Preah Vihear with Cambodia .

But, the UNESCO mission is not allowed to come to the disputed border area, Panithan added.

Meanwhile, spokesperson Thani Thongpakdi for the Thai Foreign Ministry said that the Thailand-Cambodia Joint Border Committee (JBC) is scheduled to meet on border mark erection in March’s first week in Indonesia .

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said his country is satisfied with outcomes of the Feb. 22 ASEAN meeting in Jakarta .

About 15 observers of each side will be deployed to the border areas. Details of monitoring activities will be further discussed at meetings between Cambodia , Thailand and Indonesia – the ASEAN Chair in 2011.

According to the Cambodian Deputy PM, all meetings at foreign, defence ministerial levels or the JBC will take place with the presence of the ASEAN Chair or representatives from Indonesia in the capacity of coordinator.
The 11th century temple of Preah Vihear was inscribed on the World Heritage List for its outstanding universal value in keeping with the 1972 World Heritage Convention, which has been ratified by both Cambodia and Thailand ./.