Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will make a broadcast of the government's stance immediately after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its ruling on the Preah Vihear temple dispute.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, centre, attends a function to select a dozen candidates for the ‘‘Smart Lady Thailand’’ project, a scheme that aims to promote women’s roles under the Woman Development Fund, at Government House yesterday. The successful candidates will receive a one-month intensive training course from experts in various fields to develop their skills and potential. APICHART JINAKUL
Suranand Vejjajiva, secretary-general to the prime minister, said Ms Yingluck will listen to the court's ruling at Government House on Nov 11, and after the ruling is made, she will speak to the nation about the government's response.
Ms Yingluck, also the defence minister, will join key cabinet ministers at Government House to listen to the ruling.
Those expected to be with her are Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana, who supervises Thailand's defence in the territorial case, legal advisers and agencies involved in the dispute.
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Thailand's lawyers in the Preah Vihear case will be at the ICJ in The Hague on the day.
Ms Yingluck yesterday discussed the Preah Vihear dispute in the Defence Council.
Defence Ministry spokesman Col Thanathip Sawangsaeng said Ms Yingluck told members of the council to explain the issue to soldiers.
Officials from the Foreign Ministry have discussed with the Mass Communication Organisation of Thailand (Mcot) ways to explain the case to the public to prevent any misunderstandings which could provoke civil unrest.
Explanations will also be relayed to people in Si Sa Ket province adjacent to the Preah Vihear ruins. A documentary on the border dispute will also be broadcast.
Nuttavudh Photisaro, deputy foreign affairs permanent secretary, and Virachai Plasai, Thailand's ambassador to The Netherlands, explained the territorial issue to Mcot Plc and the Thai News Agency yesterday.
They said the government has set up a committee to study the ICJ's ruling and oversee security affairs and international relations connected to the ruling. The foreign minister heads the panel.
Mr Virachai said the governments of Thailand and Cambodia have not met and talked about the possible effects of the ICJ's ruling.
On Monday, working groups from both countries will together figure out ways to maintain peace along the border before and after the ruling.
Deputy Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa and army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha will speak to soldiers about the dispute at the Suranaree Task Force close to the Thai-Cambodian border in Si Sa Ket on Thursday.
Col Thanathip said the military and security forces will strictly follow the government's policies, especially those on peaceful negotiation over the border issue.
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