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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Troops to remain near Preah Vihear

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says her government will keep its troops positioned in the disputed area near the Preah Vihear temple and protect Thailand's national sovereignty along the border.

Ms Yingluck was speaking after talks on the territorial dispute with Cambodia around Preah Vihear with Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa, army commander-in-chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and Atchaporn Jaruchinda, secretary-general of the Council of State.

Ms Yingluck said a case had been prepared for presentation to the International Court of Justice, which is hearing a territorial complaint about the land in the vicinity of Preah Vihear from Cambodia. The court 1962 gave Cambodia juridiction over the ancient khmer temple, but the ruling was vague on the immediately adjacent, disputed area.

The International Court of Justice recently said the disputed area should be demilitarised pending a settlement, but Ms Yingluck said her government had not withdrawn Thai soldiers from a disputed area.

It would wait for a decision from the Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) meeting.

The government would then propose the GBC's report to the parliament for approval.

Ms Yingluck said her government would do its best to protect the national sovereignty.

Preah Vihear temple is on the border of Cambodia and Thailand's Si Sa Ket province.

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