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World Court’s order on Provisional Border

Cambodian Army soldiers guard the entrance of the Preah Vihear temple

 

CHIANGRAI TIMES – Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to implement the World Court’s order on provisional border measures, and in the meantime a joint working group will be set up to oversee troop withdrawals from the newly defined demilitarised zone, according to Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh.

The court’s injunction is pending an interpretation of the ICJ’s 1962 ruling, requested by Cambodia to clarify whether the land in the vicinity of the temple comes under Cambodian sovereignty. In 1962, the court ruled that the temple is situated in Cambodia, but Thailand argued that it owns the area adjacent to the Preah Vihear.

Thai Defence Minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa led the Thai delegates to co-chair the meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Gen Tea Bahn at the 8th Thai-Cambodia General Border Committee (GBC) in Phnom Penh.

Gen Tea Banh said at the joint press conference that the meeting ran smoothly with a warm atmosphere which showed the good relations between the two neighbouring countries and increased the trust which both parties hope will lead to peace and stability along the border.

Both sides have also agreed to set up a Joint Working Group to work towards complete troop pullout from the provisional demilitarised zone (DMZ) determined by the ICJ, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

Anna Wong-CRT

 

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