Thai PM vows to maintain border peace with Cambodia ahead of ICJ ruling

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-10-17 17:47:08

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged on Thursday to maintain peace and public order in the Thai-Cambodian border ahead of a World Court ruling on their decades-long sovereignty dispute.

Yingluck, who concurrently serves as defense minister, said related agencies would give their explanations after the ruling is made.

"No matter how the ruling is, we will adhere to peace and both countries must avoid confrontations," the Thai News Agency quoted the prime minister as saying.

The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) is scheduled to deliver its verdict on November 11 in response to a petition lodged by Cambodia in 2011 to clarify its earlier judgment that awarded Phnom Penh the ownership of Preah Vihear Temple.

Both countries claim ownership of a 4.6 square-kilometer region adjacent to the ancient Hindu temple, triggering deadly armed conflicts.

In April, thousands of Thai oppositions and patriots gathered near the temple to express their objection to ICJ's four-day hearing on the issue.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said he will chair an ad hoc committee to discuss measures to cope with the ruling and future procedures for joint management on the Thai-Cambodian border.

He expressed confidence that Thailand and Cambodia would come to an understanding and those who want to instigate unrest in case the judgement is unfavorable to Thailand would not succeed.

Nipat Thonglek, permanent secretary of the Defence Ministry, said the ministry will discuss on October 21 measures to keep public order along the Thai-Cambodian border during the ICJ's judgment.

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