King To Pass On Signing of Border Treaty

King Norodom Sihamoni will not be in the country to sign off on an upcoming treaty on Cam­bo­dia’s borders with Vietnam, leaving the decision on whether to sign up to the interim head of state, retired King Norodom Si­hanouk wrote in notes obtained Wednesday.

The announcement comes ahead of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s scheduled Oct 10 visit to Vi­et­nam to negotiate a supplemental treaty based on the 1985 bor­der agreement with Vietnam, whose terms will be kept secret un­­til it has been ratified by the Na­­tional Assembly, according to doc­­uments obtained Sept 14.

“HM the King Preah Norodom Sihamoni will be in hospital in Beijing with his father and his mo­th­er on the day of the ratification of the upcoming Treaty on ‘our’ borders,” the retired King wrote Sept 30 in a footnote to a   letter from the France-based or­gan­ization Cambodia’s Border Com­mittee.

“Consequently, it will be up to the interim chief of the Khmer State to sign or to not sign this ra­ti­fi­cation, this according to his conscience as a Khmer,” the re­tired King wrote.

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