Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gov’t again challenges Vietnam on border

Gov’t again challenges Vietnam on border

Gov’t again challenges Vietnam on border

The Cambodian government yesterday renewed its public call on Vietnam to halt activities it says are encroaching on Cambodian territory, this time citing a military post currently under construction along the border in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district.

In a diplomatic note sent to the Vietnamese Embassy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry asked Vietnam to halt construction on the post, highlighting other similar requests. Those include one lodged at a Joint Border Commission meeting in Hanoi in April and a diplomatic note dated June 8.

The new note also mentions that provincial authorities in Kandal had communicated the same request to Vietnamese officials in An Giang province on April 21 and June 9.

“Therefore, the Royal Government of Cambodia reiterates its request to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to cease immediately the said activities until the [Joint Border Commission] of the two countries has completely demarcated this area.”

Yesterday’s note follows two other requests to stop alleged Vietnamese encroachment in Ratanakkiri province, where seven ponds have been dug.

That issue has been seized upon by the opposition, which has long made Vietnamese border issues a key political platform.

Speaking during a radio program yesterday, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy leader Kem Sokha said the border complaints should be taken to an international body.

The CNRP has asked for border demarcation to cease until after national elections in 2018.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports