Cambodia Sends Hanoi 3rd Diplomatic Border Note

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday wrote its third diplomatic missive to Vietnam demanding it cease construction within a disputed border area, this time targeting a road being built in an area visited by CNRP lawmaker Real Camerin on Sunday.

Mr. Camerin and opposition activists were reportedly attacked with wooden poles by Vietnamese civilians during a trip to the border abutting Svay Rieng’s Kompong Ro district, where Vietnam has allegedly violated Cambodian territory. The Foreign Ministry letter demands construction around that area stop.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs…has the honor to demand the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam…immediately cease all planned road construction and other infrastructure along the border until…the two countries have completely demarcated the border line,” the letter says.

It draws attention in particular to segments of a Vietnamese road between border markers 194 and 203, markers 211 and 213 and markers 213 and 227.

Mr. Camerin’s group had been seeking out border marker 203 when the scuffle broke out in what he says was Cambodian land.

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