Cambodian nationalism exists at the same level on border
conflicts with either Thailand
but expression is "prohibited" when it comes to the eastern neighbor,
even as it is allowed against the western, an observer said Thursday.
"Expression is prohibited when it is happening with Vietnam," said Sean Pengse, a member of the
Cambodian Border Committee in France,
as a guest on "Hello VOA."
"It's the same with Siam,"
he said, referring to Thailand
by its traditional name, which was changed in 1949. "They allow speech,
and with Vietnam
they don't allow speech."
Cambodian and Thai nationalism were stoked in July by the
inclusion of Preah Vihear temple on a Unesco World Heritage site, leading to an
standoff between soldiers of both countries that continues today, in an area
where both sides claim disputed border territory.
But in the months that have followed, Thailand has been plunged into a
political crisis, with opposition activists calling for a change in government.
Seng Pengse said the current dispute comes from memoranda of
understanding signed by the government, and not by sides ignoring treaties from
1904, 1907 and 1908.
Meanwhile, a government spokesman said ahead of "Hello
would pursue multilateral solutions to the border standoff, rather than
bilateral talks that have so far failed.
will resubmit its case to the UN Security Council to seek an international
solution, as the Thais keep defying one," said Phay Siphan, spokesman for
the Council of Ministers.