Cambodia’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Ms. Eat Sophea early this week had a meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador H.E. Vu Quang Minh over the erection of camps by the Vietnamese side at the disagreed border area between the Cambodian province of Kandal and the Vietnamese province of An Giang.
In the meeting, H.E. Ms. Eat Sophea demanded the Vietnamese side to remove all the makeshift camps as soon as possible and to maintain the status quo in that area until it is demarcated by the Joint Border Committee of the two countries so as to transform the border area into a zone of peace, friendship, cooperation and development for the common interests of the two peoples, pointed out a press release of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) issued yesterday evening.
The press release recalled that on May 13, the MFA-IC sent a diplomatic note to the Vietnamese side protesting against the camp erection and asked them to demolish all the 31 camps and to stop all activities in accordance with the joint communiqué dated Jan. 17, 1995, the supplementary treaty in 2005 and the border agreements between the two nations.
On May 28, the same source added, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry replied that the camp erection is a necessary and temporary measure to timely prevent the border crossings during this time of COVID-19 spread. It affirmed that the erection did not affect the border demarcation and border marker planting between both countries and promised to remove all the temporary camps from the mentioned area.
Cambodia and Vietnam share the common border of 1,270 kilometre long and the joint border demarcation work has so far been 84 percent complete.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press