Preah Vihear awarded to Cambodia

THE ancient temple of Preah Vihear has been declared as belonging to Cambodia in a ruling by the International Court of Justice yesterday.

According to the ruling, which was an interpretation of an older 1962 court ruling that awarded Cambodia ownership of the temple, the promontory falls under Cambodia’s jurisdiction and Thailand must withdraw military forces from the area.

The decision is final and cannot be subject to appeal.

Dating back to the ninth century, Preah Vihear temple is situated on a promontory of the same name in the eastern part of the Dangrek range of mountains, in an area contested by both Thailand and Cambodia.

Preah Vihear promontory and its surrounding lands were the scene of bloody clashes between Thai and Cambodian forces in 2009 and 2011 in a territorial dispute.

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