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Exiting US envoy, PM talk maps

US Ambassador William Todd and Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday sat down for a farewell meeting, as the outgoing diplomat prepares to hand his post over to a successor.

According to Eang Sophalleth, a personal spokesman for the prime minister, Hun Sen asked Todd about the status of a request he recently made for maps of the Cambodia-Vietnam border – a contentious issue of late – that are currently held by the US.

Todd promised to speed the request along upon returning to the States.

“His Excellency William informed the premier that the request for the map held by the US had already reached Washington, and he will urge that the map be sent to Cambodia,” Sophalleth told reporters after the meeting.

Todd’s views on human rights and the rule of law, often expressed in his weekly column, have at times drawn fire from the government.

In May, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong dubbed the envoy’s criticism of the controversial NGO law “extremely insolent”.

An embassy spokesman yesterday confirmed that the farewell meeting took place, but declined to offer further details on what was discussed.

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