Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - French map proposal has Rainsy’s blessing

French map proposal has Rainsy’s blessing

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shake hands during a meeting in Siem Reap last week. Photo supplied
Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shake hands during a meeting in Siem Reap last week. Photo supplied

French map proposal has Rainsy’s blessing

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy yesterday backed an agreement to enlist France’s help to demarcate the Kingdom’s boundary with Vietnam, while making an unorthodox request for jailed opposition lawmakers to be released to help in the efforts.

Posting on Facebook, the CNRP president said he welcomed a deal struck between Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart to call on French mapping experts to help convert colonial maps to more a detailed and practical modern format.

“Those additional maps produced by France, a neutral country, would be more credible and more reliable than those maps recently produced by Vietnam, which has conflicting interests with Cambodia concerning border delineation,” Rainsy wrote.

Cambodia’s border with Vietnam remains politically sensitive, with the opposition at times alleging the government had lost territory by using Vietnamese maps for demarcation, rather than following the constitutionally recognised colonial charts.

In the past year, Sam Rainsy Party Senator Hong Sok Hour and CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An have been jailed over Facebook posts related to the issue.

Building on the spirit of cooperation in light of the premier’s recent moves, Rainsy called for the pair’s release, saying they should instead be engaged to help “defend Cambodia’s territorial integrity”.

Responding yesterday, ruling party spokesman Sok Eysan said both lawmakers were in prison for a reason and would not be released.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio