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U.N. court settles Thai-Cambodian border row in Cambodia's favor

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 01:34

Nov. 11 - A U.N. court ruled in favor of Cambodia, in a long-running dispute with Thailand over jurisdiction of land around the Preah Vihear temple. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The International Court of Justice has awarded jurisdiction of the 900-year-old Preah Vihear Temple to Cambodia. The temple, which borders Thailand, has caused violent disputes between the two countries in recent years. The U.N. court ordered Thailand to withdraw all military and police forces from the area. Presiding Judge, Peter Tomka: (SOUNDBITE) (English), PRESIDING JUDGE, PETER TOMKA, SAYING: "The court therefore concludes that the first operative paragraph of the 1962 judgment determined that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, as defined in paragraph 98 of the present judgment..." Both Thailand and Cambodia have blamed the other for starting fights in the area, causing nationalist outcries in both countries. The worst battles, in 2011, killed 28 people and damaged a wing of the main temple. Cambodians believe the court made a fair decision, but many Thais refuse to lose what they consider their territory. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 55-YEAR OLD THONPHUNG SANGARTHIT SAYING: "We, the Thai people, we refuse to lose territory. Thais love and worry about our land, if the soldiers won't (look after) it, we will." Protesters in Bangkok are expressing outrage near the Government House. But Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says the two countries should cooperate. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "Thais and Cambodians have a brotherhood relationship with common a culture and history together. Therefore it is necessary for both countries to cooperate with each other for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries."

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U.N. court settles Thai-Cambodian border row in Cambodia's favor

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 01:34