Thailand-Cambodia to maintain peace regardless of ICJ’s ruling

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BANGKOK, 28 October 2013 Thailand and Cambodia will maintain their good relations regardless of the International Court of Justice’s ruling on Phra Viharn case. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has met with his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong. Both parties agreed to adhere to the principle of negotiation through joint commission mechanism regardless of the ICJ’s decision on the territorial dispute and all activities along the border line will be conducted in a peaceful manner.

The meeting of both ministers ensured peace and understanding between the two sides. Minister Surapong said Thailand would not let the border dispute ruin the strong relationship with Cambodia.

Meanwhile, Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has urged all sides to be calm and cautious on the issue, saying he does not want to see any conflict arise, neither between Thailand and Cambodia nor among Thais themselves.

He also affirmed that soldiers deployed along the border line have been ordered to avoid doing anything that could sabotage the Thai-Cambodian relations.