Thailand has proposed setting up a "mechanism" to handle discussions with Cambodia after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules on the Preah Vihear territorial dispute next year.
Veerachai Plasai, Thai ambassador to The Netherlands and head of the Thai delegation fighting the Preah Vihear case against Cambodia, said the mechanism _ likely to take the form of a meeting _ would be needed as both sides had agreed to work together.
"The Thai side has agreed to establish a mechanism to prepare for a discussion with Cambodia," he said.
"The two nations have agreed that no matter how the ICJ rules, they will cooperate with each other and will not let the ruling affect their bilateral relationship."
The mechanism will probably take the form of a meeting between the two countries to discuss the ruling after it is handed down.
The Thai team still believed the court would rule in one of four ways.
He said the court may conclude it has no authority to consider the case, or it may rule in favour of Thailand, Cambodia, or neither.
Mr Veerachai was speaking yesterday after meeting the Foreign Ministry's Legal and Treaties Affairs Department, representatives from the Office of the Attorney-General, the Judge Advocate-General's Department and the Office of the Council of State, the National Security Council, and the Defence Ministry's Royal Thai Survey Department.
The meeting was organised to update authorities on the situation after the ICJ postponed delivering its ruling on the case.
The judgement was originally expected this month or next, but the ICJ is still occupied with other cases and so has pushed back the Preah Vihear matter to early next year, probably some time in February.
Mr Veerachai said the meeting discussed the four possible rulings so Thailand could prepare for any outcome.
Two years ago, Cambodia asked the ICJ for a reinterpretation of its 1962 ruling which granted Cambodian sovereignty over Preah Vihear temple.
However, it did not rule on which country owned the land surrounding the temple, which is claimed by both sides. Bangkok and Phnom Penh presented oral statements to the ICJ in April after submitting documents defending their positions.
Mr Veerachai said details of the proposed mechanism will be submitted to the National Security Council for consideration. He said the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border is normal and no reinforcements of Thai troops are needed.
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