Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said on Friday he regretted the
"political exploitation" of protests in Thailand over the application of
Preah Vihear temple for Unesco World Heritage protection.
Thousands of demonstrators led by the Thai opposition party,
the People's Alliance for Democracy, have taken
to the streets of Bangkok in recent weeks over
an agreement between Thailand
and Cambodia to allow Cambodia
to forward the Preah Vihear temple application.
A small number of protesters made their way to the border
temple last week, but they have gone now, and the temple was temporarily closed
to visitors as a result.
"I deeply regret that some Thai politicians and
political parties have taken this question of Preah Vihear to political
exploitation without basis," Hor Namhong told reporters Friday. The
protesting "causes injury to friendship and cooperation, which are very
good between our two countries."
Thai entrance to the temple remains closed, but the temple
is open from the Cambodian side, a Preah Vihear provincial official said
Preah Vihear temple was built in the 10th Century
and its Cambodian ownership disputed. A 1962 International Court ruling sided
claims to the temple, but the borderlands surrounding it remain in dispute.