Deputy government spokesperson Sunisa Lertpakawat said that the Government of Thailand is determined to defend Thailand’s sovereignty in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ensure that Cambodia will not be allowed to register the 4.6-sq km of land around Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site.
It was also reported in the Bangkok Post:
She rejected Democrat Party claims that the government was not giving its best at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and insisted the Yingluck Shinawatra-led administration would maintain the same position as those led by the late Samak Sundaravej and Thaksin Shinawatra.
Lt Sunisa said the government had given moral support to the Thai legal team in the current ICJ hearing and believed Thailand and Cambodia would find a peaceful solution to their dispute under international law.
She warned the Democrat Party to stop distorting the facts and not use the issue as a political foil which could lead to violence.
Meanwhile, the armed forces have expressed confidence that the ICJ ruling on the Thai-Cambodian territorial dispute around Preah Vihear would be correct and be based on the facts, Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn said on Thursday.
He said the military will not object to the ICJ’s ruling, which is expected to be delivered in October this year.
“I don’t think the ruling will trigger another round of conflict between Thailand and Cambodia,” Gen Thanasak said.
He asked the Thai people to stand united and the media to promote peace between the two countries. The media had an important role in how the situation would play out, he said.
“Peace or war, it’s also up to the media,” the supreme commander said.
Asked by reporters what the military planned to do if Thailand lost the case, he said: “This is not the time to discuss the issue.”
He said the two countries would be able to settle the problem and continue to live as peaceful neighbours, regardless of the outcome.
Abhisit is the former Prime Minister of Thailand, who lost the 2011 election to the majority’s wishes. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Government seeks a peaceful resolution to the dispute which saw border skirmishes and the displacement of hundreds of people during the time of Abhisit.
It looks like the Democrat Party and their ally the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) are stirring national sentiments to provoke Cambodia into another confrontation. It does not seem that Abhisit and his cronies want peace within the region, only to suit their political agenda.
In the mean time, the people of Thailand have place their trust in Yingluck and their Government to try their very best to defend sovereignty without violence.