Students Seek King’s Support on Border Issue

Sixty members of the Student Movement for Democracy met with King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Monineath at the Royal Palace Saturday, seeking the King’s support to oppose border agreements with Vietnam.

The movement has long argued the treaties, which affect Cambodia’s borders with Viet­nam and Thailand, are invalid because they were made during the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia during the 1980s.

During the three-hour meeting the King told the students that, as leader of a government in exile at the time the treaties were signed, he had opposed them, movement spokesman Um Sam An said. But the King told the students it was now up to the National Assembly to move to revoke the agreements.

“The King is neutral. I do not say who is right and who is wrong,” Um Sam An quoted the King as saying.

Prince Norodom Sirivudh, who attended the meeting, declined to comment Sunday. Palace officials could not be reached.


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