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Post-ruling Preah Vihear talks planned

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Thailand is preparing to set up official talks with Cambodia once the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules on the Preah Vihear Temple case in early 2014. 

Veerachai Plasai, Thai ambassador to The Hague, said officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Office of the Attorney-General, the Judge Advocate General's Department, the Office of the Council of State, the National Security Council (NSC) and the Defence Ministry's Royal Thai Survey Department had met to discuss the issue.

Mr Veerachai said the meeting considered ways that the court could rule on the Preah Vihear temple case to prepare for any eventuality. He said there were broadly four potential outcomes - the ruling could go in favour of Thailand, in favour of Cambodia, the court might say it has no authority to consider the case, or it could rule not to take sides.

Whatever happens, he said the two countries would work together to come to an agreement.

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