Parliament to call joint sitting on Phra Viharn judgment


BANGKOK, 12 November 2013 Government Spokesman Theerat Rattanasewi announces that the government has requested a joint-parliamentary sitting to clarify the Phra Viharn case only, not to discuss political problems as rumored.

Mr Theerat said the government had set up a working group to look into the ruling in detail and would use existing mechanisms, such as the Joint Commission (JC) and Joint Border Committee (JBC), to manage the ancient temple together. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in her capacity as Defense Minister, instructed all national security units to remain in their bases after the International Court of Justice issued its Phra Viharn judgment on Monday, he said.

The spokesman stated further that Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong agreed with Thailand to hold talks via the JC and the JBC and reiterated that the Thai-Cambodian border situation was still peaceful.