Thailand's legal team appears before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judges this evening at The Hague. Ambassador Virachai Plasai leads the delegation, and is the country's official representative at the court.
Mr Virachai will argue the Thai case in the Preah Vihear temple dispute tonight, and on Friday will reply to Cambodia's claims to the court. This is an orderly, respected method of settling disputes. It is too bad some noisy elements would rather resort to force.
The history of the temple dispute is well known. The temple itself is a monument to Hinduism, built in the 12th century. There was no "Cambodia" and no "Thailand" in those days, and the Hindu religion is no longer the centre of life in either country. The temple sits near the edge of a cliff that seems from one view to be rather obviously in Thailand. It also sits on watersheds that make it seem, from another view, to be clearly in Cambodian territory.
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