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Friday, March 09, 2012

Cambodia Hands Document on Disputed Area with Thailand

As ordered by the International Court of Justice last year, Cambodia has submitted additional document on disputed area with Thailand to the world's top court at The Hague in Netherlands, a senior Cambodian official said Friday.

Koy Kuong, spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong had already submitted the additional document, the follow-up papers required by the ICJ after oral arguments were made by both Thailand and Cambodia last year.

He said Cambodia was given time to present the additional document by March 8 this year while Thailand was given time to do so late last year.

Hor Namhong left Cambodia on Monday and will return home on Saturday, Koy Kuong said.

Thailand and Cambodia had fierce military conflicts following Cambodia's ancient Temple of Preah Vihear was listed as World Heritage Site in 2008. Thailand has claimed 4.6 square km of land near the temple.

The conflicts resulted in many deaths and injuries, mostly soldiers from both sides.

Following the fighting, Cambodia has sought interventions from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the United Nations Security Council and as well as the ICJ.

Cambodia was requesting for ICJ interpretation of the 1962 verdict that ruled in favor to Cambodia.

The ICJ, however, has not yet set any date when the interpretation will be pronounced, but government sources said that it will be within this year.

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