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Assembly Approves Triple-Country Convention

The law passed with 83 votes from the Cambodian People’s Party, zero
from the Sam Rainsy Party and a boycott from the Human Rights Party. Photo: VOA
Cambodia’s ruling party on Thursday approved a regional convention
that would set up a joint development area between Cambodia, Laos and
Vietnam, but which opposition critics argue would cede land to Vietnam.
The law passed with 83 votes from the Cambodian People’s Party, zero
from the Sam Rainsy Party and a boycott from the Human Rights Party.
The law would set up a special economic zone and would require the
placement of a border marker stone at the intersection of all three
countries.
Supporters of the law said it will help create a development area for
four provinces in Cambodia’s northeast, as well as neighboring
provinces of Laos and Vietnam.
Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia’s Border Committee, told the
National Assembly the plan would include setting a granite marker at the
intersection of the three countries’ borders, which would be protected
from any effort of removal or damage.
However, SRP lawmaker Ke Sovannroth told the Assembly that the border
in that area remains unclear and that Cambodia could be losing land by
agreeing to the convention.
“We should not pass it,” she said. “If we pass it, it means that we recognize it. So we are also responsible for the history.”
Laos ratified the convention in July 2009, but it has yet to be approved by Vietnam.
VOA News
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