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Cambodia-Thai border normal ahead of ICJ's verdict

English.news.cn   2013-11-06 19:19:04            

KAMPONG SPEU, Cambodia, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Cambodia- Thailand border remains peaceful before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is due to hand down verdict over the disputed border near Preah Vihear Temple next week, a senior Cambodian official said Wednesday.

"The border situation is normal, both civilians and armies of the two countries have contacted each other as usual," Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh told reporters after a visit to the National Center for Peacekeeping Force.

"Our two governments have committed to maintaining peace, security, good cooperation along the border regardless of the upcoming ICJ's verdict," he said. "Whatever the verdict is, we will comply with it."

Prime Minister Hun Sen said late last month that the country would continue to maintain safety, security and peace along the border with Thailand at any cost.

"Whatever the ICJ's decision on Nov. 11 is, whether it will be in favor of Cambodia or Thailand, the two countries still stick to the stance of good friendship and cooperation between the two governments, the two armies and the two peoples," he said.

The ICJ will announce its decision on the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over a 4.6 square km land near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple on Nov. 11 after Cambodia brought the case to the court in April 2011.

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

The temple has been a flashpoint of border conflict between the two countries since July 2008 after the UNESCO recognized it as a world heritage site.

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