Cambodia Not To Make Any Statement on Preach Vihear Temple Case

image001Cambodia will not make any statement when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has not yet image002issued any verdict on Cambodia’s request to interpret the Court’s Judgment of June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of religious achievements in Serey Oudom pagoda in Svay Antor district, Prey Veng province, this morning, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen appreciated the Cambodian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Hor Namhong who had provided strong arguments at the oral hearings at the ICJ from Apr. 15-19, 2013 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

“We noted only two issues – Cambodia requested the ICJ to interpret its Judgment of 1962, while the Thai side requested the ICJ not to do so,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

The Cambodian premier further stressed that whatever the ICJ’s decision would be, Cambodia and Thailand will not become enemies as they are like “tongue and teeth”, which cannot be removed from each other.

On the same day, the Cambodian delegation arrived home from the ICJ’s oral hearings. Speaking to a group of reporters upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, H.E. Hor Namhong underlined that both Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to remain calm and to maintain their friendship.

According to H.E. Hor Namhong, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and himself have already met with their Thai counterparts and both sides agreed to remain calm and comply quietly with whatever decision made by the ICJ.

At the ICJ, Cambodian DPM has explained the need for the interpretation of the 1962 Judgment by the disagreement between Cambodia and Thailand on the meaning and scope of the Judgment and by the way Thailand have imperfectly applied the provisional measures decided by the Court in its Order of July 18, 2011.

On Apr. 28, 2011, Cambodia submitted to the ICJ its request for the interpretation of the Court’s Judgment of June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear.

On July 18, 2011, the ICJ ordered Cambodia and Thailand to immediately withdraw their military personnel from the provisional demilitarized zone around the Temple of Preah Vihear; refrain from any military presence within that zone and from any armed activity directed at that zone.

The ICJ’s Judgment of 1962 ruled that the Temple of Preah Vihear is situated in territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia. The Court found that Thailand is under obligation to withdraw any military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, stationed by her at the Temple, or in its vicinity on Cambodian territory. Thailand is under an obligation to restore to Cambodia any objects of the kind specified in the Cambodia’s fifth submission which may, since the date of the occupation of the Temple by Thailand in 1954, have been removed from the Temple or the Temple area by the Thai authority.

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