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Peace a priority whichever way Preah Vihear ruling goes: PM

PRIME MINISTER Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday pledged to cooperate with Cambodia to keep the peace along the Thailand-Cambodia border whatever the ruling handed down by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the upcoming Preah Vihear territorial-dispute case.

The government will try to keep peace and order along the border no matter what the ruling is.

"The two countries will try to cooperate to keep peace along the border," Yingluck said.

The ICJ is scheduled to deliver its ruling on November 11, after Cambodia asked the court in April 2011 to interpret its 1962 judgement to clarify which areas around the temple came under Cambodian sovereignty. Yingluck said both Thailand and Cambodia wanted to see the area remain peaceful.

General Nipat Thonglek, permanent secretary for the Defence Ministry, said Yingluck, in her capacity as the defence minister, would not be expected to travel to The Hague to hear the ruling.

Nipat said Yingluck would chair a meeting of the concerned government agencies on Monday to discuss how to maintain law and order along the border on the day of the ICJ's ruling.

An Army source said Intelligence from the Second Army Region showed that Cambodian troops withdrawn from Preah Vihear early this year had returned to the area around the ancient temple three days ago.


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