Thailand will not withdraw the troops until negotiation

By Sun Narin

Following the International Court of Justice’s decision to the withdrawal of Thai and Cambodian troops from the militarized zone, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who has just lost the vote, called a meeting with relevant agencies on Tuesday, to discuss the World Court’s ruling and he told the reporters after the meeting that Thai troops would remain in an unsettle border area surrounding the Preah Vihear temple in the meantime, waiting the negotiation between Thai ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense with the Cambodian side to comply with the World Court’s ruling according to Thai News Agency on Tuesday.

On Monday, the International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered both Cambodia and Thailand to withdraw “all military personnel” from a newly-created demilitarized zone around the Preah Vihear temple.

“[The court] finds that both countries must immediately withdraw their military personnel,” said Boris Heim, information officer at the court, by phone from The Hague to the local press in Cambodia.

PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said that,”The ruling is a temporary provisional measure and it will not have a binding commitment to Thai sovereignty and the ruling does not place Thailand at a disadvantage.” He adds, “The withdrawal of soldiers is not a simple walk because there are procedures and it requires the prevention of infiltration.”

According to the statement of Cambodia’s government issued on Monday, Cambodia fully supports the order of the International Court of justice, which is completely responsive to the request of Cambodia that wants peace in the area of the Temple of Preah Vihear, the observers to be stationed in the provisional demilitarized zone and the continuation of normal civilian activities.

The statement continued that Cambodia hopes that the Thai Royal Government will accept and comply with the correct decisions of ICJ.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mr Koy Kuong denied elaborating the details on this issue because the Cambodia’s foreign minister Hor Nam Hong will publicly declare about Cambodia’s stance today.

However, Yingluck Shinawatara, would-be prime minister, said she was ready to support the protection of the Thai sovereignty and improve relations with Cambodia to promote mutual economic growth.


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