Radio Free Asia
11th July 2008
Translated by Khmerization
Ex-King Sihanouk (pictured) has given his support to the Khmer Civilisation Foundation to build a small hospital to provide free treatment to the guards and the people living in the vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple complex.
Mr Moeung Son, president of the Khmer Civilisation Foundation, who has led an 8-member delegation to have an audience with the ex-king in the Royal Palace on Wednesday has told Radio Free Asia on Thursday that: “We presented him with a drawing of the planned hospital that we have applied to the Preah Vihear Authority and I have already received a phone call from Mr. Ang Soth (Chairman of Preah Vihear Authority) that he has approved the plan. We want to support the achievement of the present government which has overcome many obstacles in its efforts to list the Preah Vihear temple on the World Heritage List.”
He said that the building of the hospital will cost about US$20,000 with the money that will come from private donors. The planned hospital will have 5 rooms which will be built close to the areas where the people live and the Foundation plans to request the government to provide the medicines needed for the free treatment. Mr Moeung Son said that he plans to lead a delegation to visit the area, after the ex-king and the Preah Vihear Authority had given their approval.
Deputy PM Hor Namhong has told the media on the issue of Preah Vihear on the 8th of July that: “The successful listing of the Preah Vihear temple on the World Heritage List is a victory for the present government. But more importantly, it is a victory for the Khmer civilisation.”
The World Heritage Committee has, on 7th of July, approved the listing of the Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage Site in its 32nd meeting in Quebec in Canada.
According to documents from the Royal Cambodian Academy, Preah Vihear temple, which was built in the 11th century, was judged to be belonged to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on the 15th of June 1962.