Updated information about the International Court of Justice’s hearings on the Phra Viharn Temple issue will be broadcast live from The Hague, the Netherlands.
Thai and Cambodian representatives are scheduled to deliver their verbal statements on the issue at the International Court of Justice from 15 to19 April 2013.
The International Court of Justice will broadcast live the hearings in English and French on its website www.icj-cij.org/homepage and through the United Nations Webcast: webtv.un.org.
Simultaneous interpreting of the oral hearings into Thai will be provided on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ special website www.phraviharn.org. Listeners may opt for Thai or English version.
The hearings will also be broadcast live on NBT (Television of Thailand Channel 11), Radio Thailand (FM 92.5 and AM 891), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Saranrom Radio (AM 1575).
According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nuttavudh Photisaro, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will set up a special news center to provide information about the oral hearings. The center, located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok, will operate from 14 to 19 April 2013. It will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on 15, 17, 18, and 19 April and between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on 14 and 16 April.
The news center will send both video and audio signals to the Thaicom satellite for broadcast via various television channels, as well. A daily press briefing and interviews of Thai high-ranking officials at the court will be held between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The Thai Ambassador to The Hague, Mr. Weerachai Palasai, will summarize the hearing arguments from 11.30 p.m. to midnight during the period. The two sessions are available at the website www.phraviharn.org and Saranrom Radio. Thailand’s time is five hours ahead of that of The Hague.
Other related documents, such as written explanations with unofficial translations, will be publicized on the website www.phraviharn.org from 15 April at 3:00 p.m. onwards.
The Temple of Phra Viharn, an ancient Khmer hilltop sanctuary, stands on the Thai-Cambodian border, the area overlapping Kantharalak district in Si Sa Ket province and the Cambodian province of Preah Vihear. However, access to the site is on Thai soil. The strategic location of this temple stirred up a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia in the 1950s and the conflict was taken to the International Court of Justice. On 15 June 1962, the court awarded the temple to Cambodia, without determining the boundary line in the vicinity of the temple area.
Cambodia has asked the International Court of Justice to interpret its 1962 judgment in the case concerning the Temple of Phra Viharn. It also wants the court to explain on the sovereignty of the disputed area surrounding the temple.
Cambodia is scheduled make its opening argument on 15 April and Thailand on 17 April. Each side will then make additional arguments until 19 April. The court ruling on the disputed area is likely to be made in late 2013.