Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on April 9 led a delegation of border and legal experts to The Hague of the Netherlands to attend an oral hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) relating to the disputed area around the ancient Preah Vihear Temple with Thailand.

Speaking to reporters at the Phnom Penh International Airport before his departure, Hor Namhong said the delegation includes three foreign legal experts from France, the US and the UK.

He showed his optimism about the case, which he said has drawn much attention from the ICJ.

Cambodia and Thailand are scheduled to deliver their oral statements on the border dispute to the ICJ between April 15 and 19. The court will issue its final decision on which country owns the disputed area around the temple later this year.

The upcoming hearing is the second round of hearings between the two countries at the ICJ since Cambodia asked the court to interpret the 1962 judgment concerning the dispute.

The two neighbours have had sporadic border conflicts over territorial dispute near the temple since the UNESCO listed the temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.-VNA