Thailand to propose General Border Committee meeting…Thai talks to stall ICJ ruling
Bangkokpost—Thailand will seek a meeting of the General Border Committee (GBC) for consultations with Cambodia on implemention of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling that both countries must withdraw their troops from the designated provisional demilitarised zone adjoining Preah Vihear temple.
Defence spokesman Col Thanathip Sawangsaeng said the Border Affairs Department was assigned the task by a meeting of the Defence Council on Thursday chaired by Gen Kittipong Ketkowit, the permanent secretary for defence.
The meeting discussed ways of implementing the ICJ ruling and agreed that bilateral mechanisms were the best way to solve the border problems with Cambodia.
It was agreed that the Border Affairs Department, which is under the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, would work with Cambodia on organising a General Border Committee meeting for talks on how to jointly implement the ICJ ruling.
Col Thanathip said It was agreed at the meeting that Thailand would decide on an approriate date for the proposed GBC meeting if Cambodia was not ready to do so.
Meawnhile, the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border is calm, he said.