Thailand has urged the International Court of Justice to dismiss Cambodia’s request for interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case Concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear.
On 19 April 2013, the final day of the Court’s public hearings on Preah Vihear (Phra Viharn), Thailand’s Agent, Mr. Virachai Plasai, Ambassador to the Netherlands, and the country’s foreign legal counsels and experts delivered statements, rejecting Cambodia's use of the Annex I map to mark the two countries' border surrounding the temple.
Mr. Virachai asked the Court to consider the case inadmissible because it does not fall under the Court's jurisdiction. However, if the Court finds Cambodia’s request admissible, it should decide that there is no reason to interpret the 1962 Judgment, as the Judgment is clear and Thailand has fulfilled all legal obligations prescribed by the Court in the original case.
After the conclusion of the public hearings, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, commended the Thai team and the country’s foreign legal counsels and experts for their well-prepared presentation, with complete documents and evidence. He also thanked all relevant officials for their hard work concerning the case during the past three years.
Upon returning to Thailand from The Haque, the Thai delegation attending the public hearings will report the issue to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The International Court of Justice will take about five to six months before pronouncing its verdict in the case concerning Cambodia’s request for interpretation of the 1962 judgment on the Temple of Preah Vihear.