Surapong: ICJ’s decision will not raise conflict between Thailand and Cambodia

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BANGKOK, 9 November 2013 The Foreign Affairs Minister is confident that the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will not raise conflict between Thailand and Cambodia, while urging all sides not to link Phra Viharn case to politics. 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul, during “PM Yingluck Meets the People” program on NBT, said by looking at the previous territorial dispute cases judged by the ICJ, the court is likely to be neutral on Phra Viharn case and weigh its decisions carefully in order for Thailand and Cambodia to reach a compromise.

He however affirmed that even if the verdict turned out to be negative, the government would make sure all activities along the Thai-Cambodian border are conducted in a peaceful manner.

Minister Surapong also urged all sides not to link politics with Phra Viharn case and be reasonable when it comes to the final verdict, while asserting that the government will not let its personal relationship with Cambodia put Thailand in a disadvantaged position.

The International Court of Justice will render its decision on Monday, November 11 during which Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be monitoring the reading at the Government House, and she will address the nation about the verdict at 7.30 pm on the same day.