The ICJ unanimously found that Cambodia's interpretation of the sovereignty over the whole monastery "admissible" and Thailand is under the obligation to withdraw military troops from that territory.
However, it did not mention the sovereignty of Phnom Trap, urging both parties to solve the dispute by peaceful means. The area, part of the 4.6 square kilometre, is the centre of this dispute.
Yet, the ICJ’s ruling confirmed confirmed Phnom Penh's sovereignty over the whole of a disputed promontory bearing a Cambodian temple on the border with Thailand.
"The Court therefore concludes that the first operative paragraph of the 1962 Judgment determined that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, as defined in paragraph 98 of the present Judgment, and that, in consequence, the second operative paragraph required Thailand to withdraw from that territory the Thai military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, that were stationed there," according to the statement. (The full version can be read here: http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/151/17704.pdf)
The ICJ’s ruling confirmed Phnom Penh's sovereignty over the whole of a disputed promontory bearing a Cambodian temple on the border with Thailand.Thai Ambassador to the Netherlands Virachai Plasai said Cambodia had only won a small piece of the disputed territory. "We are still calculating the exact amount," he said.
Thai Foreign Minister Suraphong Tovichaichaikul said "Both sides are satisfied with the court's decision."
The court also rejected Cambodia's claim that it was also awarded a nearby hill, called Phnum Trap, by the 1962 ICJ ruling that was being interpreted in Monday's judgement.
The majority of the border between Thailand and Cambodia was delimited more than a century ago, but the boundary near Preah Vihear has yet to be demarcated. The line has not yet been settled. Cambodia, 50 years after the initial judgement, submitted a request for an interpretation of the judgement to define precisely the "vicinity" of the temple.