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Battle for Preah Vihear begins in Hague court

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The final chapter of Thailand and Cambodia's 51-year battle for Preah Vihear temple and its surrounding area begins today in the Netherlands. 

The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) will open its hearing on the territorial dispute by listening to oral statements from both sides over the course of this week.

Thailand lost ownership of the temple on June 16, 1962, when the World Court, as it is also known, ruled in favour of Cambodia. However, the ICJ did not rule on the 4.6 sq km area around the temple and both countries have laid claim to it.

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