Cambodia asks ICJ to order withdrawal of Thai troops from disputed border area Zach Zagger at 8:44 AM ET
[JURIST] The Cambodian government on Monday asked [press release] the UN International Court of Justice [official websites] to order Thai troops to withdraw from a disputed border area surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile]. Cambodia sought clarification from the court of a 1962 decision [judgment, PDF] awarding the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia argued before a panel of 16 judges [Aljazeera report] that the troops in the surrounding area of the temple are a threat to the security and peace of the region. Thailand argues that the ICJ does not have jurisdiction to decide border disputes between countries. Thailand does not dispute [Bangkok Post report] the Cambodia's ownership of the temple ruins but does dispute ownership of the 4.6 kilometer area surrounding the temple.
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