T HE visit of Vietnamese President Le Duc Anh (above) was marked by Cambodian
leaders as a watershed event as the two neighbors proceed to smooth out their
"This is a historical visit. The policy of the Royal
Government is to strengthen and expand good ties with its neighbors, including
Vietnam," First Premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh told President Anh in a meeting
at Chamkar Mon palace on Aug 8.
Vietnamese troops occupied Cambodia for
ten years after toppling the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. Although the new
government was formed in Cambodia after the 1993 general election, relationships
between the two nations have remained tense, especially on issues of border
demarcation and Vietnamese nationals in Cambodia.
The border issue would
be discussed in the future, Foreign Minister Ung Huot said, adding that the
issue of Vietnamese refugees in Chrey Thom would be discussed in a meeting of
the countries' joint commission, which would be held in Phnom Penh in October.
"We had already two meetings and they proceeded well. Everything is
going very fine," Huot told reporters on Aug 8.
King Norodom Sihanouk
granted an audience to President Anh in the Royal Palace on Aug 8.
said the meeting proceeded in "the atmosphere of cooperation and friendship
between our two people."