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Jakarta Post

Borders do matter in Thai-Cambodia dispute

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, May 26 2011   /  07:00 am

A casual conversation with a friend reminded me of one important view about borders. He jokingly said “in a modern world like this, I thought borders are no longer an issue.” I have been learning about border issues for a couple of years now and managed to learn one important thing: Borders do matter and they even still dictate nations in the world. In this context, my friend’s statement, to an extent, surprises me.

However, I also understand that he must not be alone. There might be millions of people, if not more, who do not realize that the world is changing when it comes to international borders.

One might agree that the most attention-grabbing border dispute in Asia recently is between Thailand and Cambodia. The two countries dispute sovereignty over a piece of land in their border area close to three temples: Preah Vihear, Ta Moan and Ta Krabey.

The lat...