11/11/2013 04:26 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

UN's highest court rules Cambodia has sovereignty over land around historic temple

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The United Nations' highest court has ruled that Cambodia has sovereignty over a disputed promontory around a 1,000-year-old temple, in an attempt to settle a long-simmering border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand.

In a unanimous ruling Monday, the International Court of Justice says that a 1962 ruling by its judges gave Cambodia sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory and says Thailand was therefore "under an obligation to withdraw from that territory the Thai military or police forces or other guards of keepers that were stationed there."

Cambodia had asked the court to give an interpretation of its 1962 ruling that gave the Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia because it failed to stop military skirmishes around the site.