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Cambodia’s legal experts to leave for Hague for hearing over border row with Thailand

PHNOM PENH, April 8 (Xinhua) — A Cambodia’s working group, comprised of border officials and legal experts, will leave here for The Hague, the Netherlands, on Tuesday to attend an oral hearing concerning disputed border surrounding Preah Vihear Temple with Thailand, a senior Cambodian official said Monday.

“The group will be led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, and they will depart Cambodia for The Hague on Tuesday to take part in an oral hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” Koy Kuong, Spokesman for Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters.

He said Cambodia has already prepared internationally- recognized documents and maps relevant to the disputed area, which will be presented to the ICJ during the forthcoming hearing.

Cambodia and Thailand are scheduled to give their oral statements on the dispute to the ICJ in the Netherlands on April 15-19, and the court is expected to issue a decision on who owns the disputed land around the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple later this year.

The two neighbors have had border conflicts over territorial dispute near Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple since the UNESCO listed the temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008, but Thailand claims the ownership of 4.6 square km of scrub next to the temple.

Fierce clashes between the two sides’ troops happened in February and April 2011 during Thailand’s Democrat Party rule.

However, the military tensions have eased since August 2011 when former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party won the general election and led the current government.

Koy Kuong said general situation along the Cambodian-Thai border on Monday remained calm as usual.

 

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