PHNOM PENH, June 15 (Bernama) — Some 1,000 students from various schools and universities gathered here Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s victory over the Preah Vihear temple dispute with Thailand, Xinhua news agency reported.
The temple was awarded to Cambodia on June 15, 1962 by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ruled that the temple was situated in a territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia and not Thailand.
“Today’s gathering is to express our deep gratitude to former King Norodom Sihanouk for his legal battle with Thailand over the Preah Vihear temple dispute at ICJ 50 years ago,” said Soy Sopheap, director general of Deum Ampil Media Centre which organised the event.
“It is also to promote awareness of the temple to Cambodia’s young generations.”
The territorial dispute between the two nations reoccurred on July 7, 2008 when Preah Vihear temple was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, but Thailand had claimed ownership of a 4.6-sq. km scrub next to the temple.
The conflict had led to several occasions of deadly armed clashes since then but military tension had eased since the Pheu Thai Party led by ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra won a landslide victory in the general elections in last July.
The 11th century Preah Vihear temple is located on the top of a 525-metre cliff in the Dangrek Mountains bordering Thailand.
— BERNAM, June 15, 2012 15:03 PM