Political Quarreling Lingers From Kampuchea Krom Memorial

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Mr. Keo Remy, secretary of state for the Council of Ministers says that the CNRP is making speeches with inaccurate information.

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – The Council of Ministers has denounced the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for politicizing the events held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the confiscation of Kampuchea Krom and for exaggerating issues regarding Vietnam.
 
On June 4, CNRP leaders Mr. Sam Rainsy and Mr. Kem Sokha used the demonstration and religious ceremony to denounce the government about Kampuchea Krom (Cochinchina) issues and Vietnamese relations. 
 
Mr. Keo Remy, secretary of state for the Council of Ministers, said that [the CNRP] should not be looking to take political benefit from people’s suffering. 
 
In response to what Mr. Rainsy had said, Mr. Remy stated, “Demands for Kampuchea Krom and Koh Tral Island have finished. We are following the convention and borderline which remained from French colonization.”
 
Regarding the ethnic Khmer still living in Kampuchea Krom, Mr. Remy added that Cochinchina is under the sovereignty of Vietnam, and Khmer Kampuchea Krom have to follow the law. They cannot enter without a passport, even though they are Khmer.
 
Mr. Yem Ponhearith, spokesman of CNRP said, “They are Khmer, so we have to support them. It is so regrettable that we do not support them now.”
 
“If we are Vietnamese puppets, then why do we have Cambodia’s Border Committee (CBC) to resolve this problem? We would not have posts around our borders,” said Mr. Remy.
 
The CNRP also accused the Cambodian government of intentionally organizing the Koh Pich incident in compliance with a Vietnamese order and demolishing the culture of celebrating the annual water festival.
 
In response, Mr. Remy said, “The CNRP have propagandized, exaggerated and accused the government without evidence.”
 
 
“How could we be happy during water festival if our people were affected by flood? We could not celebrate during the King’s father death as well. If the government wants the people to die, the government would have let them live in the Pol Pot regime with no liberation,” Mr. Remy added.

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