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Vietnam border gate proposal to be weighed by national authorities

Vietnam border gate proposal to be weighed by national authorities

A request by Vietnam to approve the construction of a gate at Lethanh checkpoint in Ratanakkir’s O’Yadav district has been kicked upstairs by provincial officials.

Provincial spokesman Nhem Sam Oeun said on Thursday that Vietnamese border officials were told by their Cambodian counterparts that the request was one for the national administration to consider.

“Vietnam is ready to construct it, but we asked them to wait for a response from the national authorities,” Oeun said, adding that the request was sent Wednesday. “The provincial authorities have no right to make this decision.”

Var Kimhong, senior minister of border affairs, also said yesterday that a dispute about a police station and eight irrigation ponds that Vietnam had built would be discussed at a meeting between representatives of both countries scheduled to take place later this month in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia maintains that work was illegal on the grounds that both nations had agreed no construction would take place within 100 metres of the border.

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