King Norodom Sihamoni has signed the supplemental border treaty with Vietnam, the
final hurdle needed before the treaty becomes law.
The King wrote on his web site on November. 30 that he had been persuaded to sign
by Prime Minister Hun Sen, National Assembly President Prince Norodom Ranariddh and
Deputy Senate President Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy wrote to the King from Paris on November 21 asking him
not put his signature on the supplemental border treaty - claiming that the treaty
was contrary to the 1991 Paris Agreement and violated the territorial integrity of
Writing on his website, retired King Norodom Sihanouk said that King Sihamoni is
not responsible for the lost Cambodia territory, but the government and the National
Assembly have to be held accountable .
King Sihamoni said in a statement that the Royal Government and the National Assembly
for which people voted have the power and the responsibility to solve the border
issue with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.