PAD demands govt reject ICJ's role in temple dispute
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Tuesday submitted a seven-point demand for the government to reject jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in the border dispute with Cambodia.
PAD spokesman Parnthep Puapongphan submitted the demand to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra via the public service centre of the PM's Office permanent secretariat.
Parnthep said the government must clearly express its stand that it won't accept the ICJ's jurisdiction in the dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over a 4.6-square kilometre plot around Preah Vihear Temple.
Cambodia has asked the ICJ to interpret the 1962 ruling as to whether the ancient temple is located on Cambodian soil or not. Thailand and Cambodia are due to give verbal arguments at the ICJ in The Hague from April 15 to 19.
Parnthep said the government should reject the ICJ's jurisdiction before April 15.
The seven demands include that the government publicly reject the ICJ's authority to make a ruling, and to state that Thailand will not accept the ruling. The PAD is also demanding that the government point out that Thailand has not accepted the international court's jurisdiction since 1962.
Parnthep said the PAD demands were based on suggestions from Sompong Sujaritkul, the last Thai lawyer who defended the Preah Vihear case in 1962, who is still alive.
Parnthep said if the government ignored the seven demands, it would be seen as collaborating with Cambodia to give away Thai sovereignty over the disputed area.
He said that PAD would not join a planned rally by the Thai Patriots, another yellow-shirt group, on January 21. The Thai Patriots plan the rally to pressure the courts and military to act against the government for failing to defend Thai sovereignty over the land around Preah Vihear.
Meanwhile, Banharn Silapa-archa, chief adviser to the Chart Thai Pattana Party leader, said the PAD should not hold more protests as they would cause the country to regress.
Banharn said the country would have to accept the ICJ's ruling or else it would not be able to stay in the international community.
Maj General Prawit Hukaew, spokesman of the Second Army Area, denied that Cambodia was building up troops opposite from Surin's Kabchoeng district. He said Cambodian troops were having a war exercise on the Cambodian side and the two armies still had good ties.