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Government working to complete border demarcation

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Just 16 percent of border posts with Vietnam have yet to be demarcated. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodia has finished defining 84 percent of controversial border lines with Vietnam, according to a government official.

Ouch Borith, secretary of state with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said during the ministry’s annual meeting yesterday that the ministry was still thoroughly cooperating with the Border Committee to demarcate border posts with neighbouring countries.

“Both parties have demarcated 314 of 375 posts, and 16 percent is still being negotiated,” he said.

He added the ministry has been cooperating with the Cambodia Border Committee to define border lines with neighbouring countries using the so-called Bonne map, which was made by France during the colonial period.

Mr Borith said 121 of 145 border posts with Laos have been demarcated as have 70 of 73 posts with Thailand.

Kuy Pisey, vice president of the Cambodia Border Committee, said Cambodia has a commitment to finish demarcating border posts with Vietnam.

“There are lots of obstacles related to the border issue, however we will try to do it with our neighbouring countries,” she said.

Mr Borith said the Foreign Affairs Ministry was strengthening cooperation with neighbouring countries based on mutual respect.

“A storm consisting of the United States and its allies has been strongly hitting Cambodian territory with political pressure to help the Cambodia National Rescue Party sever foreign benefits,” Mr Borith said.

He added the geopolitical situation has changed and the competition by powerful countries in the region and the world made Cambodia face a challenge which affected peace, political stability and national security.

“To pursue their ambitions, some powerful Western countries have not hesitated to step on the legs of peace and stability that Cambodian people have received through difficulty,” Mr Borith said.

He said even the EU parliament has a commitment to democracy and respecting human rights in Cambodia despite threatening economic sanctions.

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