Thailand, Cambodia argue Preah Vihear in front of ICJ

Thailand and Cambodia are presenting arguments before the International Court of Justice to determine the ownership of the land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple. The temple has been a source of contention between the two countries particularly since it was inscribed as a Cambodian World Heritage Site in 2008.

Preah Vihear Temple

UN court reopens case on ancient temple at core of Thai-Cambodian border dispute
United Nations News Centre, 15 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand clash over temple at top UN court
AFP, via Yahoo News, 15 April 2013

Preah Vihear temple: UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
BBC News, 15 April 2013

UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
Al Jazeera, 15 April 2013

Thailand prepares to counter Cambodian claims, find loopholes
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia Counters Thai Border Claims at the Hague
Cambodia Daily, 16 April 2013

Cambodia’s ICJ stance ‘expected’
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand lock horns over temple
Canberra Times, 16 April 2013

The United Nations highest court today began new hearings on a spectacularly situated 900-year-old Hindu temple that has long been a bone of contention between Cambodia and Thailand and has in recent years led to deadly clashes between the two South-East Asian neighbours.

Nearly two years ago, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the two countries to withdraw their military personnel from around the Preah Vihear temple complex located in Cambodia, after renewed fatal skirmishes forced thousands of people to flee.

The site is inscribed on the World Heritage List which is drawn up by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In inscribing it, UNESCO called the temple “an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, in terms of plan, decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment” atop a 1,772-foot cliff.

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