CIS and SIR welcome Kantathi Suphamongkhon, the 39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Back in 1962, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), decided that the Temple of Preah Vihear is in Cambodia. In the operative part of its decision, the ICJ did not address the issue of sovereignty over the land adjacent to the Temple. Thailand and Cambodia are now both claiming sovereignty over 4.6 Square Kilometers of land adjacent to the Temple. Cambodia and Thailand are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In recent times, exchanges of fires across the border of the two ASEAN member states have occurred, with casualties.
ASEAN has tried to play a role in facilitating the settlement of this conflict. Nevertheless, this old case is back at the ICJ for a decision that may seal the fate of the disputed land. This ICJ decision is expected later this year. This is a highly complex and sensitive issue that may affect government stability as well as the unity of ASEAN.
Professor Kantathi Suphamongkhon, the 39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, will offer an insider’s view to this case. He will address the political and legal elements of the case, as well as looking at the case from the national, bilateral as well as the regional perspectives.