Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 1 – International cooperation is crucial to helping safeguard and develop the Historic Site of Angkor, a world heritage site in Cambodia's northwestern Siem Reap Province, a spokesman for Angkor protection authority said on Saturday.

Angkor, the most popular tourist destination in Cambodia, was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992.

A year later, the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) was established to coordinate all foreign assistance for preserving and developing the ancient site.

Multilateral Cooperation

Long Kosal, spokesman for Apsara National Authority, the management authority responsible for protecting and preserving Angkor, said the ICC-Angkor is a multilateral platform, where decisions relating to the safeguarding and development of Angkor are made.

"It has always been in the form of multilateral cooperation in the sense of decision-making process and bilateral at the implementation stage," he told Xinhua.

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