Cambodian NGOs Press Government to Demand Vietnam Remove Military Posts in Disputed Border Area

Cambodian NGOs and opposition figures are urging government authorities to demand that Vietnam remove a string of military shelters set up in a disputed border area, calling the tents’ presence on the border an attempt to encroach on Cambodian territory.

The nine shelters, housing from five to six Vietnamese soldiers each, were discovered on April 26 by Cambodian police patrolling the border in Kandal province, who asked that the tents be taken down.

Vietnam has meanwhile remained silent on the issue, though soldiers present on the border said they had been stationed there to guard against illegal border crossings amid fears of the spread of coronavirus.

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