Representatives of the media agencies along the border of Thailand and Cambodia have agreed that they will refrain from inflammatory coverage on the issue of Preah Vihear temple.

The Union Media of ASEAN (UMA), a group of media agencies based in the border regions of Thailand and Cambodia, has held a meeting in Sa Kaeo, a province in eastern Thailand, to find measures to avoid escalating tension.

They agreed to present the reports regarding the upcoming International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict in a peaceful and constructive manner to maintain peace along 800 km border.

The dispute between the two nations, which resulted in the 2003 mob arson attack on the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, was cited in the statement as a lesson learned by both nations. The Thai and Cambodian media must accept the ICJ ruling regardless of its outcome to avoid the repeat of deadly clashes in the past.

The ICJ plans to deliver its verdict on the ownership of the territory near the Preah Vihear temple on November 11.-VNA