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International court awards Preah Vihear temple land to Cambodia

At least 28 people have been killed in outbreaks of violence since 2011 over the ownership of the patch of border land next to the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple.

UN's highest court rules Cambodia has sovereignty over land around historic temple

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The United Nations' highest court has ruled that Cambodia has sovereignty over a disputed promontory around a 1,000-year-old temple, in an attempt to settle a long-simmering border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. In a unanimous ruling Monday, the International Court of Justice says that a 1962 ruling by its judges gave Cambodia sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory and says Thailand was therefore "under an obligation to withdraw from that territory the Thai military or police forces or other guards of keepers that were stationed there."

Top UN court awards flashpoint temple area to Cambodia

The UN's top court ruled Monday that the area around a flashpoint ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia and that any Thai security forces there should leave. The International Court of Justice interpreted a 1962 ruling saying that "Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear," Judge Peter Tomka said. "In consequence Thailand was under an obligation to withdraw from that territory thai military or police forces or other guards or keepers who were station there," Tomka said.

Evacuations for Cambodia-Thailand temple ruling

Nervous Cambodian residents dug bunkers or evacuated homes Monday as the UN awarded land surrounding an ancient temple to their country, an issue which has sparked deadly clashes with neighbouring Thailand. At least 28 people have been killed in outbreaks of violence since 2011 over the ownership of a patch of border land next to the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple. The issue inflames nationalist sentiment in both countries -- not least because both governments, experts say, have used it to drum up support or as a distraction from domestic politics.

Cambodia, Thailand await ruling in border temple row

Thai schools closed and nervous Cambodian residents dug bunkers or evacuated homes Monday before a UN ruling on which country owns land surrounding an ancient temple, an issue which has sparked deadly clashes. At least 28 people have been killed in outbreaks of violence since 2011 over the ownership of a patch of border land next to the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple. The issue inflames nationalist sentiment in both countries -- not least because both governments, experts say, have used it to drum up support or as a distraction from domestic politics.

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Top UN court awards flashpoint temple area to Cambodia

The UN's top court ruled Monday that the area around a flashpoint ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia and that Thai security forces should leave. The International Court of Justice interpreted a 1962 ruling saying that "Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear," Judge Peter Tomka said. "In consequence Thailand was under an obligation to withdraw from that territory Thai military or police forces or other guards or keepers who were stationed there," Tomka said.

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Cambodia, Thailand await ruling in border temple row

Thai schools closed and nervous Cambodian residents dug bunkers or evacuated homes Monday before a UN ruling on which country owns land surrounding an ancient temple, an issue which has sparked deadly clashes. At least 28 people have been killed in outbreaks of violence since 2011 over the ownership of a patch of border land next to the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) is due to rule later Monday on the territorial dispute, but there are fears the decision will revive nationalist tensions and spark renewed clashes.

Cambodia, Thailand await ruling in border temple row

Leaders of the two countries have appealed for calm ahead of the ruling by 17 international judges.
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