Officials: VN Police Violating Ratanakkiri

Vietnamese policemen are cutting down trees in the disputed border area between Cambodia and Vietnam and have chased Cambodian farmers in Ratanak­kiri province off nearby land, provincial officials said Tuesday.

Moung Poy, Ratanakkiri pro­vincial deputy governor, said on Tues­day that Vietnamese policemen had been cutting trees along the border in Chorng village, An­dong Meas district, and prohibited farmers from working the land.

“The [Vietnamese] postponed their activities after the provincial governor ordered police to talk with the Vietnamese policemen to stop their activities,” Moung Poy said, adding that the Vietna­mese policemen are currently pa­trol­ling the border area.

One RCAF infantry officer said he received a report on border dis­putes with Thailand and the al­leged tree cutting by the Vietna­mese.

“Now we are concerned about solving these problems and want to prevent the loss of our territory,” one unidentified RCAF official said. “We have tried to solve this in a peaceful way, without guns.”

Another Ratanakkiri police officer said he sent a report on the border problems in the province to the Ministry of Interior recently but has not been instructed by the ministry to take action in the matter.

Var Kim Hong, head of the Council of Ministers’ Joint Bor­der Committee, said on Tuesday that he hadn’t received any report about the border problems.


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