ICJ sets Nov 11 for judgement on Preah Vihear conflict

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SEOUL, Oct 16 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will judge on the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia on November 11, the Thai foreign minister said today.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who is currently visiting South Korea said the Thai government would broadcast live the ICJ’s judgement together with a Thai translation.

He said he would chair a meeting of the Thai ad hoc committee to discuss measures to cope with the ruling, no matter what the results will be, and future procedures for joint management on the Thai-Cambodian border.

He expressed strong confidence that Thailand and Cambodia would come to an understanding thanks to a good relationship with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Mr Surapong said he did not believe in the success of those who want to instigate unrest in case the judgement is unfavourable to Thailand.

“The present government is capable of holding talks with the Cambodian counterpart. It’s different from the previous government which ruined the bilateral relationship to the point that Cambodia had to bring up the issue in the international court,” said Mr Surapong.