VN Military Meets With PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen and top Cambodian military leaders met Thursday with a Vietnamese military delegation, focusing on solving the border issue and building military cooperation, officials said.

“The purpose of the delegation is to strengthen relations, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries’ armies,” Major Gen­eral Mol Roeup said after the meeting. “The delegation agreed to solve the border issue by peace­ful means and not use troops to solve the problem.”

Details weren’t disclosed.

The issue has sparked a number of demonstrations in Phnom Penh where students have marched to the embassies of Viet­nam, Thailand and Laos to complain about border encroachment.

According to Mol Roeup, the Viet­namese delegation, which was led by Vietnam’s deputy de­fense minister Le Vandung, of­fered as a goodwill gesture scholarships for Cambodian military students who wished to study in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese delegation, which arrived in Phnom Penh Tues­­day, also conducted a series of high-level talks with co-De­fense Minister Tea Banh, RCAF Com­mander-in-Chief Ke Kim Yan and visited Cambodian military training installations.

Mom Son, secretary to RCAF de­puty commander-in-chief Pol Saro­eun, said Thursday the Viet­na­mese delegation was slated to depart Pochentong Airport after meeting with Hun Sen Thursday evening at his Phnom Penh residence.


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