OEE Red Diamond APR11

  • The OEA Team has published a new threat report. Thailand-Cambodia Border Dispute presents an analysis of the long-term disputed territorial issues between Thailand and Cambodia. Specific attention is given to the historical boundary dispute over the Preah Vihear temple. The report concludes with a discussion of the political and military implications of the dispute and its potential to trigger a regional conflict.

    Thailand-Cambodia border dispute basics:

    Both Thailand and Cambodia claim the Preah Vihear temple complex, a 1.8 square mile piece of ground located on their common border.
  • The temple complex sits atop a cliff in the Dangrek Mountains that divides Thailand and Cambodia.
  • The area contains no natural resources that either side can exploit.
  • Cambodia, with Chinese assistance, continues to build an improved road to the temple through the disputed territory.
  • Temple visitors from the Thai side need permission for Cambodian border security personnel to enter the territory.