Temple troubles: Thailand and Cambodia at the ICJ
A lack of clarity in a 1962 ruling by the International Court of Justice has led to decades of dispute and wrangling over the ancient site. The question now is whether or not the court will agree to issue a reinterpretation of its 50-year-old decision
Lawyers for Thailand and Cambodia have completed their oral arguments as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) considers Cambodia's request to reinterpret its 1962 judgement on the dispute surrounding Preah Vihear.
The dispute's re-emergence in 2007 is owed largely to nationalist political forces, particularly the yellow shirt movement in Thailand. Nevertheless, the feud is founded on a legitimate legal disagreement, which the parties are now litigating precisely where they should - before the ICJ. A closer look at the legal issues suggests a path to resolution of a largely unproductive conflict.
The current controversy focuses on the border in the area around the temple. The 1962 judgement awarded the temple complex to Cambodia and required Thailand to withdraw security forces at the temple or ''in its vicinity on Cambodian territory''.
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