. សេរីភាពបញ្ចេញមតិគឺជាលក្ខណៈគ្រិៈនៃសិទ្ធិ We should live without fear( សូមបងប្អូនជាជាតិខ្មែរ សូមចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសរើសមេឃុំ/សង្កាត់ នៅថ្ងៃទី ០៤ ខែ មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ អោយបានគ្រប់ៗគ្នា."

ព៍ត៌មានទាន់ហេតុការណ៍ៈ បាតុកម្មនៅមុខ សាលាក្រុងប៉ោយប៉ែតមានជ័យ ថ្ងៃទី ៣០ ខែ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bilateral plan to handle ICJ fallout


Govt to talk to Phnom Penh about ways to counter strife over temple verdict

Cambodia has agreed to set up a joint working group with Thailand to avoid any potential conflict following the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Preah Vihear Temple, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said yesterday.

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has agreed with the initiative in a phone conversation with Surapong. The two ministers will meet once the Thai side has finalised members appointed to the working group.

"It's possible to have a meeting with our Cambodian counterparts before the ICJ verdict on November 11," Surapong told reporters.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have also agreed not to let the court battle affect bilateral relations, said Surapong, adding the court's judgement on the Hindu temple would not jeopardise present good relations between the two countries.

The ICJ has set a November 11 deadline to deliver its judgement on the interpretation of the 1962 verdict on Preah Vihear. The concerned parties in Thailand have expressed fear that the verdict might ignite ill feeling against theYingluck government and Cambodia. 

Conservative nationalists currently staging anti-government protests could accuse the government of being responsible for losing territory to Cambodia, if the verdict goes against Thailand.

Somboon Thongburan, leader of the Thai Patriotic Front, said his group would begin its protests against the ICJ on October 22 with petitions to the embassies of the UN Security Council's permanent members, asking them to exercise their veto against the ICJ ruling, if Thailand loses the case. 

The group also wants the government to reject the world court's jurisdiction as it fears the court will rule that the territory adjacent to Preah Vihear Temple belongs to Cambodia, he said.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Lt-General Paradorn Pattanathabut said security agencies would keep a close eye on those groups who could stir up political trouble, and trigger a military clash with Cambodia.

The NSC has been coordinating with the local authority and residents in Si Sa Ket province to better understand thePreah Vihear case, as well as local relations with Cambodia. "Our intelligence confirms that villagers [in the border areas] don't want war, so we have urged them to inform us if they see any irregularities in the area," Paradorn said.

A security source revealed that a group of people with close connections to the 2006 coup-makers had also set up a camp in the border area under the pretext of carrying out "environmental protection activities". The group, however, was unable to clarify what it was doing there. 

Yingluck will call a meeting of security agencies today to assess the situation over the verdict and its consequences.

Foreign Minister Surapong said he would propose that the prime minister consider a group of border-related agencies for the proposed Thai-Cambodian joint working group on Preah Vihear, including the joint boundary committee and general border committee.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has questioned the rationale behind Yingluck's trip to Ethiopia from November 10-12 when the ICJ delivers its verdict. "Yingluck should explain to the public why she has to travel abroad during such a sensitive period," he said. "If I were the prime minister, I would not go abroad during this time," said Abhisit, declining to speculate on the outcome of the verdict.

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