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Cambodian PM appeals to armed forces to remain calm ahead of ICJ verdict
Prime Minister Hun Sen had recently urged Cambodia's armed forces and its citizens along the border to remain calm and avoid any action that may lead to clashes with Thailand’s military forces.
He spoke on Cambodia's National TV on Thursday a few days before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce its verdict on the Preah Vihear case which involves the area around Preah Vihear temple.
Both Cambodia and Thailand claim the disputed area around the temple.
In his speech, Prime Minister Hun Sen explained why the Cambodian government brought the case to the International Court of Justice.
He said the reason Cambodia asked the ICJ to interpret the 1962 verdict, which handed Preah Vihear over to Cambodia, is not to ignite or inflame any dispute or to grasp land from a neighboring country.
In contrast, This is an effective and necessary way to end the dispute between the two countries peacefully based on international law and mutual respect of territorial sovereignty and integrity as well as to maintain a good relationship, he said.
Cambodia has always adhered to its firm position to build a peaceful and clear borderline and transform the border of Cambodia with neighboring countries into the border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, Hun Sen added.
In this spirit, he and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra took the same position to respect whatever the decision the ICJ makes and maintain peace and stability at the border, he said.
Hun Sen issued his statement because he wanted to appeal to Cambodia's armed forces along the border to remain calm, patient and avoid any action which can provoke tension or possible clashes.
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