By Phorn Bopha – December 9, 2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong visited Cambodian troops stationed at Preah Vihear on Saturday, where he expounded on the recent U.N. court verdict regarding a disputed area of borderland with Thailand.
Roughly 1,000 soldiers stationed near Preah Vihear temple turned out to hear Mr. Namhong’s address, in which the foreign minister cautioned them against conflict and explained the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to award the whole of the temple promontory to Cambodia.
“Cambodians know what war has brought us,” Mr. Namhong told the soldiers. “We don’t want to solve problems via wars. We love peace.”
That is why the government approached the ICJ in 2011 to deliberate on which country had the rights to the disputed territory, he added.