Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sam Rainsy declares border victory

Sam Rainsy declares border victory

Sam Rainsy declares border victory

OPPOSITION leader Sam Rainsy has claimed victory in reversing what he says are a series of Vietnamese border incursions in Svay Rieng province, six days after he was sentenced to two years jail for uprooting border demarcation posts.

Speaking by video link from Paris to supporters at the Sam Rainsy Party headquarters on Monday, Sam Rainsy said his symbolic act had drawn attention to the eastern border and forced Vietnam into withdrawing three other border posts in the vicinity. “We are very lucky we have had a victory in forcing Vietnam to withdraw from Cambodia,” he said.

“This is the first time in history that the yuon have withdrawn from Cambodia,” he added, using the racist epithet for the Vietnamese.

Sam Rainsy said also that he will soon embark upon a tour of those countries that were signatories to the 1991 Paris Peace Accords to file complaints about the incursions. The tour is set to begin with a visit to the United Kingdom next week.

The SRP says its claims are substantiated by a series of maps it released last month showing border markers 184, 185, 186 and 187 sitting hundreds of metres inside Cambodia’s legal territory as defined on French- and American-drawn maps.

“The east is more dangerous than the west, because we have all joined forces against Thailand.… But the government has done nothing about the yuon,” Sam Rainsy said.

Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, dismissed Sam Rainsy’s comments, saying the evidence was based on inaccurate Google Earth maps.

“Sam Rainsy’s evidence is not true. If Sam Rainsy says it is true evidence, we want him to bring it to show us,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • ‘Kingdom lacks up to 400MW in available electricity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the general public, hoteliers and businesspeople with generators to use them as back-up as the Electricity Authority of Cambodia cannot generate enough electricity to meet needs due to low water levels in power station reservoirs. On Saturday evening

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border

    African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday. Tan Phannara, the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general, told a Phnom Penh workshop that