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Cambodia vows to maintain border peace with Thailand regardless of ICJ's verdict

English.news.cn   2013-10-25 22:42:04            

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday vowed to maintain peace along the border with Thailand regardless of the upcoming verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case concerning the hotly-disputed land around Preah Vihear Temple.

"Whatever the ICJ's decision on Nov. 11 is, whether it will be in favor of Cambodia or Thailand, the two governments--Cambodia and Thailand--still stick to the stance of good friendship and cooperation between the two governments, the two armies, and the two peoples," the premier spoke to armed forces along the border via a video conference at the weekly Cabinet meeting.

"Cambodia will continue to maintain safety, security and peace along the Cambodia-Thailand border at any cost," he said.

The ICJ would issue a verdict on the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over a 4.6 square-km land near Preah Vihear temple on Nov. 11.

The Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong will meet with his Thai counterpart Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Monday next week in Cambodia's Poipet City ahead of the verdict.

"The meeting will discuss maintaining peace, security and stability along the border of the two countries," the Ministry said in a statement.

Preah Vihear, a Hindu temple, is located on the top of a 525- meter cliff in the Dangrek Mountains, bordering Thailand.

The ICJ awarded Cambodia the temple and its vicinity on June 15, 1962, but Thailand claimed the ownership of 4.6 square km of scrub next to the temple in 2008.

The 11th century temple has been a flashpoint of armed clashes between Cambodian and Thai troops since July 2008 when the UNESCO listed it as a world heritage site.

Cambodia brought the case of the disputed land to the ICJ in April 2011.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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