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Foursome honoured for Preah Vihear aid

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong on Saturday presented awards to four foreign legal experts in recognition of their help in the presentation of Cambodia’s case on Preah Vihear before the International Court of Justice earlier this year.

The honorary award, called the Moha Serey Waddh of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was given to Gilbert Guillaume, an ad hoc judge at The Hague court, Professor Jean-Marc Sorel of France, Franklin Nerman of the UK and Rodman Bundy of the US, though only Sorel was present at the ceremony.

Last month, the court ruled that Cambodia’s ownership of the 11th-century temple also extended to the promontory upon which it sits, and ordered Thailand to withdraw troops from that area.

“It was a difficult task in legal terms, but the result we ended up with was positive,” Sorel told journalists after accepting the award. “I hope that it will give Cambodia and Thailand peace, and will give Cambodia its territory [that it has claimed] since 1962.”

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