THAILAND: International Court of Justice (ICJ) sets Nov 11 for judgement on Preah Vihear conflict

BANGKOK, 12 November 2013 (NNT) – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has affirmed the Thai military troops will not be withdrawn from the disputed border area as required by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) until a meeting is held between the Thai and Cambodian governments.

The premier said the security personnel will stay put while Thailand awaits a conclusive meeting with the Cambodian side. In its ruling, the ICJ has requested that both nations sort out their differences through peaceful means.

The Foreign Ministry is in the process of arranging the bilateral meeting while a subcommittee will be established to study details of the latest ICJ ruling.

Prime Minister Yingluck reiterated that the verdict created a win-win situation for both countries and there have been no reports of border clashes as previously anticipated.

The ruling awarded Cambodia a disputed promontory bearing Phra Viharn Temple on the border with Thailand. However, the court denied Cambodia’s sovereignty over Phnom Trap or Phu Makhua, which is part of the 4.6-square-kilometer overlapping area.


THAILAND: International Court of Justice (ICJ) Promontory land bearing Preah Vihear belongs to Cambodia

 Thai military top brass have met with their Cambodian counterpart on Monday morning to boost ties between the two countries before the International Court of Justice’s ruling in the afternoon.Lt. Gen. Chanchai Phoothong, chief of Army Region 2 along with other high ranking Thai military officers have just met with Gen Chia Mon, Cambodia’s deputy army chief and his team at a hotel in Surin, a province on the Thai-Cambodian border to talk on how to ensure peace after the ICJ ruling.Both sides agreed to increase channels of communication to better understand each other which will lessen risks of misunderstanding that can lead to arm clashes, according to Lt. Gen Charnchai.

SEOUL, Oct 16 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will judge on the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia on November 11, the Thai foreign minister said today.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who is currently visiting South Korea said the Thai government would broadcast live the ICJ’s judgement together with a Thai translation.

He said he would chair a meeting of the Thai ad hoc committee to discuss measures to cope with the ruling, no matter what the results will be, and future procedures for joint management on the Thai-Cambodian border.

He expressed strong confidence that Thailand and Cambodia would come to an understanding thanks to a good relationship with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Mr Surapong said he did not believe in the success of those who want to instigate unrest in case the judgement is unfavourable to Thailand.

“The present government is capable of holding talks with the Cambodian counterpart. It’s different from the previous government which ruined the bilateral relationship to the point that Cambodia had to bring up the issue in the international court,” said Mr Surapong. (MCOT online news)

 Surapong: World Court to read its verdict on the Phra Viharn dispute case between Thailand and Cambodia on Nov 11, live TV coverage planned

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