Cambodia, Thailand Pledge for Peace and Development Along the Border

image005Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia H.E. Hor Namhong and image006his Thai counterpart H.E. Surapong Tovichakchaikul have vowed to maintain peace and development along the common border and to respect the upcoming International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s verdict.

Both sides agreed to implement the ICJ’s verdict on Cambodia’s request for the interpretation of the Court’s Judgment of June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear to be released on Nov. 11, 2013, H.E. Hor Namhong said.

Cambodia and Thailand are not only neighbors, but also brothers and sisters, therefore the ICJ’s verdict will not only maintain peace, but also build confidence among both countries’ military forces as well as expand further the fields of trade, economy, tourism and other sectors, he added.

At the weekly cabinet meeting held here last Friday, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, via a video conference, urged the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) to maintain peace along the border with Thailand regardless of the verdict of the ICJ.

“Whatever the ICJ’s verdict on Nov. 11, 2013 would be, in favor of Cambodia or Thailand, the two royal governments will always stick to the stance of good friendship and cooperation between the two governments, the two armies, and the two peoples, and vowed to maintain safety, security and peace along the Cambodian-Thai border,” stressed the Cambodian premier.

Cambodia and Thailand have been waiting for the ICJ’s decision after they provided their arguments at the ICJ’s oral hearings in The Hague, the Netherlands, from Apr. 15 to 19, 2013 on Cambodia’s request for the interpretation of the Court’s Judgment of June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear.

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