The Vietnamese state-controlled media has accused the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees of attempting to provoke an exodus of Montagnards from Vietnam into
Cambodia. An article in World Security newspaper on December 29 accused the UNHCR
of sending 13 ethnic highland minority members living in a refugee camp in Phnom
foment civic unrest in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Thamrongsak Meech-ubot, the UNHCR representative
in Cambodia, dismissed the claims as "clearly baseless", according to the
Reuters news agency. He claims the 13 refugees in question had returned to Vietnam
simply because they missed their families.