Takeo Governor, Vietnam Talk About Border

Takeo Governor Kep Chuk­tema led a 30-member delegation to meet with their Vietnamese counterparts last weekend to talk about border disputes.

In 1999, seven Vietnamese and 16 Cambodians were killed be­cause of land disagreements along the roughly 650-km border, according to figures from the Ministry of Interior.

Kep Chuktema said Monday that he and Ang Giang Provincial governor Le Phu Hoy talked about incidents of Viet­namese farmers encroaching on Cam­bodian land more than a month ago, resulting in a standoff be­tween Cambodian soldiers and Viet­namese armed civil guards.

“We just want both sides to have respect for a joint agreement that demands that residents stay in their designated country,” Kep Chuktema said.

He added that similar meetings will be held every six months.

Ith Sarun, a Takeo agricultural official, said he talked to Viet­namese officials about buying pesticides to more effectively control the outbreak of rice-eating pests that plague crops on both sides of the border.



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