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The opposition Democrat Party is pressing the government to clarify its stance on the country's court battle with Cambodia over the ownership of the land around Preah Vihear temple. 

Somsak Kosaisuk, a former yellow-shirt co-leader, left, and former constitution drafter Sqd Ldr Prasong Soonsiri greet each other before a seminar held Sunday to discuss the Preah Vihear temple dispute on the Thai-Cambodia border. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The disputed temple was awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) 51 years ago.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul needs to generate public confidence ahead of the court battle with Cambodia, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday.

The foreign minister has said he will consider suing anyone who criticises him for saying Thailand may not come out on top in the territorial dispute.

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