BANGKOK, 14 November 2013 (NNT) – Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the joint sitting of Parliament this morning that she had never officially announced the government’s acceptance of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict on the Phra Viharn Temple case.
However, she clarified by reiterating what she stated before; that whatever the ICJ’s verdict may be, the relationship between Thailand and Cambodia will still stand, and that the government will continue to protect the nation’s sovereignty.
The Thai Ambassador to the Netherlands stated that the ICJ had no power in determining the official borders between Thailand and Cambodia. Furthermore, he also stressed that Thailand did not lose its Phu Makhua region to Cambodia; and that the 1:200,000 map was deemed irrelevant to the case.
Meanwhile, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva agreed with the government’s stance of not yet officially accepting the ICJ’s verdict, as it is not relatively clear how much land Thailand will lose to Cambodia. Moreover, he urged Ms. Yinglcuk to further clarify the issue to the public.