Preah Vihear: ICJ orders troop withdrawal on both countries

The International Court of Justice orders Cambodia and Thailand to both withdraw their troops from the disputed area, setting up a demilitarized zone while the court prepares to clarify its previous 1962 decision to award Cambodia Preah Vihear.

Thai-Cambodian troops ‘must leave Preah Vihear temple’
BBC, 18 July 2011

Thailand, Cambodia ordered to withdraw troops
The Nation, 18 July 2011

ICJ Ruling
The Nation, 18 July 2011

UN court orders Thai, Cambodian troops to withdraw
Channel NewsAsia, 19 July 2011

The UN’s highest court has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from a disputed border region near an ancient temple complex.

Cambodia had asked the International Court of Justice for a ruling after fighting broke out around the Preah Vihear temple earlier this year.

The temple is in Cambodia. Both nations claim some of the surrounding area.

The judgement is part of a long-running case in which the ICJ is attempting to clarify earlier border rulings.The UN’s highest court has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from a disputed border region near an ancient temple complex.

Cambodia had asked the International Court of Justice for a ruling after fighting broke out around the Preah Vihear temple earlier this year.

The temple is in Cambodia. Both nations claim some of the surrounding area.

The judgement is part of a long-running case in which the ICJ is attempting to clarify earlier border rulings.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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