Vietnam Denies Violating Border Zone, Official Says

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Vietnam Denies Violating Border Zone, Official Says

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:47 am

Vietnam Denies Violating Border Zone, Official Says

by Khuon Narim | August 30, 2016

Vietnamese authorities deny carrying out construction on undemarcated “white zone” areas along the border, but will review Cambodia’s complaints, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said during a meeting in Phnom Penh on Monday between border officials from both countries.

Since last year, Cambodia has sent a number of sternly worded diplomatic notes to Vietnam demanding that they cease building roads and outposts in the white zones, which cannot be used until the boundaries are set.

Le Hoai Trung, left, Vietnam’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, shakes hands with Var Kimhong, Cambodia’s minister in charge of border affairs, at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on Monday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

In response to the diplomatic notes, Vietnamese officials denied any wrongdoing, said Long Visalo, the Cambodian ministry’s secretary of state, during a break in a meeting of the two countries’ Joint Border Committee, which has been working to demarcate the border since 1995.

“Normally, Vietnam says that they did it on their land,” Mr. Visalo told reporters outside the meeting at the Council of Ministers building. “Finally, they said they would take this to discuss it with ministries that were involved.”

If the building on disputed land continues, Mr. Visalo said he would ask Hanoi to demolish the structures. The construction has occurred in border provinces including Ratanakkiri, Mondolkiri and Svay Rieng.

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