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November 11th set for International Court of Justice decision. Thai side ready to accept it, no matter what ruling it is. 

Ambassador to the Netherlands Veerachai Plasai, left, defends the Preah Vihear case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on April 17. (File photo of the Foreign Ministry)


ICJ ruling on Preah Vihear Nov 11


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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has tentatively set to deliver its ruling on the territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the area surrounding Preah Vihear temple on Nov 11, deputy permanent secretary for foreign affairs Nattavudh Photisaro said on Wednesday.

Mr Nattavudh said the Foreign Ministry has been unofficially informed by the ICJ that the ruling would be made on Nov 11. The court had contacted Thai ambassador to the Netherlands Veerachai Plasai with the information.

An official letter from the ICJ on the matter would follow, he added.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said earlier this month that the ICJ had postponed the ruling from October to February next year because it had other cases to consider first..

The minister said on Wednesday that the ministry earlier believed the ICJ might move another case involving Peru and Chile up for consideration before making a ruling on the Thai-Cambodian dispute, but things did not turn out as expected. The court decided to postpone another case to make way for the Preah Vihear ruling.

Mr Surapong and Mr Nuttavudh said no matter what the ruling may be, the Thai side is ready to accept it and cope with it..

The dispute over the area surrounding Preah Vihear stems from a World Court judgement in 1962 awarding the temple to Cambodia. Under the ruling, Thailand was obliged to withdraw its troops from the temple and its "vicinity' '. 

The ruling, however, did not define the "vicinity" or how much territory was involved. Thailand claims it is a 0.35 square kilometre area immediately around the temple, while Cambodia says it is a much larger area of about 4.6 sq km.

Thailand claims the overlapping area is part of Kantharalak district of Si Sa Ket, but Cambodia says it is part of Preah Vihear province.

The dispute has led to several border skirmishes, which eventually prompted Cambodia to ask the ICJ in April 2011 to reinterpret the 1962 judgement and decide whether the temple and its "vicinity' ' included the 4.6 sq km area around the ruins.

The two countries in the border dispute gave their closing statements before the ICJ in The Hague, The Netherlands, in April.

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ambassador: a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there - เอกอัครราชทูต

award: to give something to somebody as a prize, payment, etc - มอบให้

border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี

claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

closing statement: the final speech or statement given by each side in a legal dispute in court -

consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา

consideration: giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา

contact: having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส

cope: to deal successfully with a difficult situation - รับมือกับ

court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล

deliver: to do what you promised to do or what you are expected to do; to produce or provide what people expect you to - ทำตามคำสัญญา

dispute: a serious disagreement - การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง

eventually: at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด

Foreign Affairs Ministry: The ministry in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad. - กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ

immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

inform: to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way - แจ้งให้ทราบ

International Court of Justice: the World Court; the main judicial body of the United Nataions - ศาลยุติธรรมระหว่างประเทศ

involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง

judgement: the decision of a court or a judge - พิพากษา

make way for: to change things so that something that is waiting to happen can happen; remove obstacles or impediments so something can pass -

matter: a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน

move up for consideration: change the date or reschedule something so that it is done at an earlier date -

no matter what: always true, whatever the situation is - ไม่ว่าในกรณีใด, มิไย

obliged: required to do something - ต้องทำ

official: connected with the job of somebody who is in a position of authority - ที่เป็นทางการ

officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ

overlapping: (of areas of land) covering parts of each other - ที่คาบเกี่ยวกัน

postpone: to delay; to decide that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

postponed: delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

prompted: caused - ก่อให้เกิด

province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด

reinterpret: to make a new decision on what the intended meaning of something is after having made a first interpretation - ตีความใหม่

ruins: the remains of a building that has been badly damaged or destroyed - ซากปรักหักพัง

ruling : a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด

skirmish: a fight, especially a small or short one - การปะทะกันเล็กน้อย

stem from: to be caused by - เกิดจาก

surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

tentative: not definite, or not certain - ที่ยังไม่แน่นอน

territorial dispute: a disagreement over who owns a particular area of land or sea -

territory: an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army - อาณาบริเวณ  อาณาเขตประเทศ

troops: soldiers, especially in large numbers - กองทหาร

turn out: to be discovered to be; to prove to be - กลับกลายเป็น

vicinity: an area near a particular place - บริเวณใกลเคียง

withdraw: taking or move out or back - การถอนตัวจาก

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