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Var Kim Hong: Border planting could encroach into Cambodia by 15 km and into Vietnam by 15 km

Source: KI Media
By Pech Bandol
Free Press Magazine Online
Translated from Khmer by Soch

Click here to read the article in Khmer

Var Kim Hong
During a press conference to announce
the bidding for the printing of border maps between Cambodia and
Vietnam – the delimitation of which is not even completed yet – Var Kim
Hong told reporters that that the planting of border posts at certain
locations encroaches into Cambodian territories, and in some other
locations, they encroach into Vietnam, these encroachments could be as much as 15 km.
Var Kim Hong, the chairman of the government border committee, did not
indicate why these encroachments take place, he only said that this is
a technical issue.
In the morning of 01 December
2010, Var Kim Hong said that the planting of border posts delimiting
Cambodia and Vietnam is only 61% complete, i.e. about 200 of the 370
posts have been installed. The bidding price for the printing of border
maps between the two countries ranges between $1.5 million and $4.5
million.
According to Var Kim Hong,
there are 5 foreign companies – French, Japanese, Korean and American –
that are participating in the bidding. However, the border committee
from the two countries, the Vietnamese member of which is Nguyen Mong
Hao, did not decide which company to select yet. Var Kim Hong said that
he wants to see the printing of the new maps to take place soon, i.e.
no longer than 2 weeks from now. He said that there is no complication
because the planting of border posts is done according to plan already
agreed upon, and that it will be completed in 2012.

It is not known for sure
whether the newly printed border maps will be deposited at the UN to
replace the old border maps which was deposited by the Sihanouk regime
in 1964 or not. According to Var Kim Hong, the planting of border posts
was performed by the Khmer-Yuon border commission, along the
1,270-km-long border extending from Ratanakiri down to Kampot province,
along the Gulf of Siam.
Nevertheless, this morning, the
Cambodian public, as well as civil society organizations have expressed
their surprise and concern to learn that the encroachment into
Cambodian territories could be as deep as 15 km.
They are also wondering why
when the encroachments are made into the Yuon territory, there is no
information about them. This shows that Cambodia could lose up to 15 km
of territory to Vietnam from this border post planting.

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