Few matters of international importance have captivated national attention in Thailand quite like the televised contest over the Preah Vihear temple area at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week.
Regardless of the judges' ruling, both Thailand and Cambodia will ultimately have to work together to jointly develop the temple area. The sooner the authorities realise this imperative, the better it will be for local livelihoods, bilateral relations and Asean cohesion.
It appears that Cambodia's claim is supported by history and international law, whereas Thailand's case stems from geography and economics.
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