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Siam says ready for final statement at ICJ

BANGKOK, April 19 (Xinhua) — Thailand is ready to present its final statement on the case related to disputed border area with Cambodia on Friday night (Bangkok time) to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Thai ambassador said on Friday.

Virachai Plasai, Thailand’s Ambassador to the Hague, the Netherlands and head of the Thai legal team, said that they are confident that in the second and final round of oral statement, Thailand could counter all arguments made by Cambodia, Thai News Agency reported.

Speaking to Thai media at a press briefing at the Hague, Virachai believed that the oral arguments will comprehensively and convincingly rebut Cambodia’s pleadings on Thursday.

Thailand’s first round of oral statement by Thailand took place on Wednesday. The second and final round oral statement by Thailand takes place Friday at 3 p.m. local time (8 p.m. Bangkok time).

The ICJ had accepted Cambodia’s request to reinterpret its 1962 ruling, which awarded ownership of the ancient hindu Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia but did not mention the disputed area immediately surrounding it.

The hearings on the border dispute are scheduled to be held from April 15 to 19 with both sides preparing to present their arguments. The ruling will not be delivered until October or November this year.

The general climate along the border near the temple has been normal so far.

 

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