DPM Hor Namhong Confers Honorary Medals to Foreign Legal Experts

image009Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International image010Cooperation H.E. Hor Namhong conferred here yesterday the honorary medals to foreign legal experts, Sir Franklin Berman (English) and Mr. Rodman Bundy (American).

The medals conferment is in recognition of the two foreign lawyers’ efforts in helping to defend the Cambodian Preah Vihear Temple’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

In December 2013, the Royal Government of Cambodia also presented a honorary award to Prof. Jean-Marc Sorel (French), another foreign legal expert.

On April 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.

In November 2013, the ICJ ruled that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear. “The Court declares, unanimously, by way of interpretation, that the Judgment of June 15, 1962 decided that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, as defined in paragraph 98 of the present Judgment, and that, in consequence, Thailand was under an obligation to withdraw from that territory the Thai military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, that were stationed there.”

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