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Foreign minister to leave for ICJ’s verdict

Foreign minister to leave for ICJ’s verdict

FOREIGN Minister Hor Namhong is set to leave for The Hague this weekend to hear the International Court of Justice’s verdict on Monday, after Cambodia requested the removal of Thai troops from the area near Preah Vihear temple.

Koy Kuong, spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said yesterday: “We cannot predict anything, the most important thing is to wait and see [what happens] on that day. So far I see there is no clash along the border and the situation is calm and Thailand will be led by the Puea Thai party, so we expect the situation will be much improved.”

Cambodia has requested the United Nations court order a withdrawal of all Thai forces from Cambodian territory near the 11th Century temple, ban Thai military activity in the area and order Thailand to refrain from any act that would interfere with Cambodian rights or aggravate the dispute. The move followed deadly clashes at the temple earlier this year.

The court heard the case in late May and listened to arguments from Cambodia and Thailand. Thailand’s outgoing Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will also leave for The Hague on Saturday, Thai state news agency  MCOT quoted Thani Thongphakdi, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, as saying.

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