Thursday, 5 May 2011

Veerachai appointed head of legal team for ICJ's case

via CAAI

By The Nation

Thailand has contracted foreign legal advisers to assist Thailand in the disputes with Cambodia at the International Court of Justice known as world court.

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Wednesday that he already discuss the dispute with three legal advisers during his recent visit to Geneva of Switzerland.
Cambodia has asked the World Court to clarify its 1962 ruling about Preah Vihear Temple on its disputed border with Thailand.

Cambodia told the ICJ in its complaint that the request "for the interpretation of the Court's judgment concerning the temple of Preah Vihear was prompted by "Thailand's repeated armed aggression to exert its claims to Cambodian territory.

"My meeting with the foreign legal advisers is a preparation for Thailand's defence in the world court against Cambodia's complaint," Kasit said.

The Thai legal team on the matter is Thai Ambassador to the Hague Veerachai Palasrai, a former director general of Legal Department, Foreign Minisstry.

Veerachai's team will work together with the foreign adviser, Kasit said.

The World Court has invited Thailand to enter the verbal argument session from May 30 to 31 and Veerachai will represent Thailand in the session.

Both countries will present their documents and arguments in the session. It is expected that the World Court may be able to rule.

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