A local foundation announced Monday the creation of a
committee to support people living near the contentions border temple of Preah Vihear.
The Preah Vihear committee was announced by the Khmer
Civilization Foundation the day before a decision on the temple's World
Heritage status is expected.
Cambodian officials are seeking the temple's inclusion on
Unesco's World Heritage protection list, a move that has made the structure the
focal point of increased tension between Thailand
International Court ruled the temple belonged to Cambodia,
but the surrounding borders are still in dispute. Thousands of protesters took
to the streets of Bangkok in the wake of the
temple's application, claiming a Thai agreement to allow Cambodia to
forward the request was tantamount to a cessation of land. A Thai court
subsequently issued on injunction of Thai support for Cambodia's
Moeung Son, the founder of the Khmer Civilization
Foundation, said plans are in place to build a hospital near the cliff-top
temple. The Foundation, which operates through independent funding from
Cambodian residents and expatriates, will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday.
Hong Soth, director of the government's Preah Vihear
National Authority, said the authority had not yet recognized the foundation.
The Foundation will meet with former king Norodom Sihanouk
Wednesday to discuss plans to build a hospital, named after the former monarch,
near the temple.
The World Heritage Committee, which is currently meeting in Canada,
is expected to announce a decision on the temple's protection status Tuesday.