UN court rules in favour of Cambodia over disputed Preah Vihear temple

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Peter Tomka, President of the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled in favour of Cambodia in a longstanding dispute with Thailand over a centuries-old Hindu temple.

In a judgment issued on Monday, the court said Cambodia has sovereignty over the territory surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear, located near the border with Thailand.

Cambodia became independent in 1953, and Thailand occupied the temple the following year. The ICJ cited a 1962 judgement which stated that the temple was situated in Cambodian territory.

Peter Tomka is President of the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

“The judgment of 15 June 1962 decided that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, as defined in paragraph 98 of the present Judgment, and that, in consequence, Thailand was under an obligation to withdraw from that territory the Thai military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, that were stationed there. ” (25″)

The 900-year-old Temple of Preah Vihear is a World Heritage Site under UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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