Friday, March 16, 2012

Agreement on border reached

Cambodia and Vietnam signed a letter of agreement yesterday for the completion of  70 per  cent of  soon-to-be-placed demarcating markers along their 1,270-kilometre shared border.


The agreement, signed by the head of Cambodia’s border affairs, Var Kim Hong, and the Vietnamese deputy of foreign affairs, Ho Xaun Son, stipulates that the countries will split the cost of markers and the cost of new mapping along the border. “There is equality in the agreement regarding the construction of markers and air-mapping. The demarcating of the border of the two countries is expected to be completed this year,” Var Kim Hong said.

Ho Xaun Son said yesterday  the demarcation of the border was in line with international laws as well border treaties of 1985 and 2005. But opposition Sam Rainsy Pary spokesman Yim Sovann said the agreement seriously undermined the constitution of Cambodia. “We have never acknowledged these treaties, and there is no legal standing,” he said.