The Cambodian Watchdog Council, led Rong Chhun, yesterday accused Vietnam of encroaching upon Cambodian territory after a visit to the border in Kampong Cham province.
“The authorities allowed us to visit the border and when we entered, we saw it confirmed the complaint people raised about post No109. It is planted about 200 metres on our Khmer land,” Rong Chhun said.
Rong Chhun had announced the border visit last month to investigate local allegations brought by about 260 people from Da commune that the October planting of border post 109 resulted in a transfer of territory in Memot district to Vietnam.
Var Kimhong, senior minister in charge of border affairs, said yesterday the designation of the border took place under French rule.
He confirmed that the border post had been planted on land that farmers worked, but said it was placed correctly.
“That location will not be changed. It is actually planted on people’s farmland. Villagers’ farmland was just farmed recently. As for the border post, it was demarcated during the French era,” Var Kimhong said.
Rong Chhun’s visit followed plans by the Sam Rainsy Party to travel to the area.
“Issues of territorial integrity are a national issue. And each people’s representative has an obligation to go and defend the national interest,” Yim Sovann said during an announcement of the border trip last month.