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Monday, 30 November 2009

SRP asked government to explain border demarcations with Vietnam

By KhmerizationJustify Full
Mr. Son Chhay (pictured), MP from the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), has submitted a letter of request to Deputy PM Sok An to explain about the border demarcations to the parliament, reports Radio Free Asia.

Mr. Son Chhay said that the letter was sent through the president of the National Assembly, Mr. Heng Samrin, and requested Deputy PM Sok An to explain to the parliament on 17th December, 2009. "The people are so blinded and knew nothing about this activity (demarcation) until this phenomenon (Rainsy's uprooting on demarcation poles) happened and they wonder whether the government has implemented this policy properly or not. Why did our farmers lose their farmlands? Even the people in Mr. Heng Samrin's village have lost their farmlands. So, we want the people to know because in the past the demarcation works have been done without the participation of the journalists or members of parliament", Mr. Son Chhay said.

Mr. Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, said, by laws, the government will have to response to Mr. Son Chhay's request. "By laws, the government must explain in accordance with the request of any members of parliament with the approval of the chairman of the parliament. This is the law", he said.

Mr. Var Kimhong, senior minister in charge of border affairs, said this is an old issue. However, he said he is happy to explain to the parliament about the issue. "Actually, like I said before that there is nothing to hide because when we asked for a ratification from the parliament in 2005, the Prime Minister has already explained to the parliament. So there is nothing that they don't know about it. Even the documents of the (1985) Supplemental Treaty (ratified in 2005) have been distributed widely and the government has already explained everything", he said.

On 25th October 2009, opposition leader Sam Rainsy has led a group of 100 villagers to uproot six demarcation poles in Svay Rieng province because villagers claimed that those poles were planted illegally in the middle of their rice-fields. On 16th November, Mr. Sam Rainsy was stripped off his parliamentary immunity on charges of "sabotage and destruction of public properties".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You have done a good job, Mr. Son Chhay. However, the answer from Sok An is as expected that the border demarcations have been done properly and that not even one inch of Cambodian territories was lost to Vietnam.

But the fact is that tens of thousands of kilometers of Cambodian territories were chipped away by Vietnam since 1979.