Cambodia Awaits Talks With Thailand On Implementation Of ICJ’s Ruling

PHNOM PENH, Dec 21 (Bernama) — Cambodia is waiting for talks with Thailand on the implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s ruling over the disputed land near the Preah Vihear temple, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We will have to wait due to the current political turmoil in Thailand,” Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters after a ceremony honouring Cambodia’s legal experts who had fought the case with Thailand at the ICJ.

“Once the situation returns to normal in Thailand, we will negotiate and urge the Thai government to withdraw their troops from the area around temple as ordered by the ICJ,” he said.

On Nov, the ICJ ruled Cambodia has sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of the temple, and ordered Thailand to withdraw its troops from the territory.

However, Hor Namhong said the court has not decided whether the Trap Mountain near the temple belongs to Cambodia or Thailand.

“The court has used the Annex I map to delimit the border line of the two countries, so based on the map, the Trap Mountain is located in Cambodian territory,” Hor said.


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