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Political bickering ‘risks negative ICJ ruling’

Posted by Rattana_S On January - 10 - 2013

Internal political bickering could put Thailand at a disadvantage ahead of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) upcoming ruling on the Thai-Cambodian border dispute.

Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana, who has been appointed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to lead the legal battle at the ICJ, said all sides should work together in urging a positive attitude among the ICJ judges.

The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Tuesday submitted a seven-point proposal to the government, demanding it reject any unfavourable ruling by the ICJ in the dispute.

The ICJ has asked Thailand and Cambodia to present oral statements on the border row from April 15-19. Its ruling is expected to follow in October.

The ICJ judges will also consider information from sources other than the two national governments regarding the dispute, said Mr Phongthep, warning that any bad impressions could yield a negative result for the side that creates it.

He said he would try his best to defend Thailand’s interests. The rest would be up to the ICJ judges, he added.

Yesterday in Si Sa Ket province, a large number of tourists visited Pha Mor E-Daeng cliff in the Khao Phra Viharn National Park in Kantharalak district _ the location of the Preah Vihear temple.

Visitor Mongkol Khemthong, 37, said he wanted to visit the national park now in case violence erupts later.

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