ICJ set to hear debate over Hindu temple

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, May 19 (UPI) — The International Court of Justice said Thursday that hearings were scheduled next week on a request to review a 1962 ruling on the Preah Vihear temple.

Public hearings are set for Monday and Tuesday at the Hague to consider the 1962 case, a dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over sovereignty.

Cambodia called on the ICJ to clarify the meaning of a ruling on the Preah Vihear temple. Cambodia notes that the court ruled that it has sovereignty over the temple as a “direct and automatic consequence of its sovereignty over the territory on which the temple is situated,” the court said in a May 3 summary. Furthermore, Thailand is under an obligation to pull its forces out of the area.

“Cambodia asserts that Thailand disagrees with all of these points,'” the summary read.

Conflicts between Cambodia and Thailand are centered on the 11th-century temple listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008. International courts ruled in 1962 that the temple was in Cambodia though parts of the temple grounds are in Thai territory.

Thai and Cambodian forces agreed to a shaky cease-fire in late April following a week of border clashes between the Asian neighbors over the area.

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