ICJ sets Preah Vihear hearings in April

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has scheduled public hearings for the Thai-Cambodian border dispute over Preah Vihear temple and its surrounding area in April 2013.

The hearings have been planned for April 15 to 19 next year in The Hague, Netherlands, according  to an ICJ press release.

Both Thailand and Cambodia will be given three sessions each to present their oral arguments on the interpretation of the ICJ's 1962 verdict which awarded the possession of the ancient Khmer archaeological site to Cambodia. Thailand is still making claim to the ownership of the land the temple is situated on. 

Cambodia will have two rounds on Monday April 15 while Thailand will get two rounds on Wednesday April 17. Cambodia will have the final round on Thursday April 18 and Thailand on Friday April 19. 

The press release gave the history of this case --  that on April 28, 2011, Cambodia submitted to the Court a request for interpretation of the judgment rendered by the Court on June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand). 

The issue flared up again after the temple was listed as one of Unesco's World Heritage sites in 2008, fuelling nationalist sentiment on both sides of the border. 

Thai and Cambodian militaries have engaged each others in a series of border clashes which resulted in causalities. 

According to Phnom Penh Post, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that his government had already prepared documents for the hearings. 

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