International verification of map key to settling Cambodia-Vietnam border dispute, Cambodian Prime Minister says
(29 July 2015)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested help from US, France, and the UK to verify maps used to negotiate Cambodia’s disputed border with Vietnam. According to the Prime Minister, maps in the possession of the three countries will be compared with maps being used in current negotiations with Vietnam to ensure that the negotiations incorporate the most accurate maps. Prime Minister Sen said that, “The request is based on national interests… [and prioritises] building a peaceful border with neighboring countries.”
As the letter indicates, the requested maps would be used to combat accusations from Cambodian opposition that the negotiations are being conducted with fake maps. Cambodia has also requested maps from the UN.
The request follows a series of clashes at the Cambodian and Vietnamese border at the end of June. Disputes over the construction of a Vietnamese road in contested territory along the border led to violence directed at residents of both countries. The Cambodian government opposition party continues to call attention to the situation in the border region.
The official Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Border Committee has noted that the “complicated” process of border delineation is underway and has resolved to “finish demarcating the border very soon.”
Hun Sen Asks Western Leaders to Help Resolve Cambodia’s Border Disputes, 15 July 2015, article by RFA’s Khmer Service, translated by Samean Yun and Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia, http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/hun-sen-asks-western-leaders-to-help-resolve-border-disputes-07152015160828.html