KKC Condemns Vietnam Embassy’s “Rewriting of History”

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A Kampuchea Krom monk observes a religious ceremony on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – The Kampuchea Krom Community (KKC) has reacted strongly to a recent statement by Mr. Tran Van Thong, spokesperson for the Embassy of Vietnam that “France did not confiscate Cochinchina to Vietnam, as it has been part of Vietnam for a long time. Claims about the loss of Kampuchea Krom are baseless and lack evidence.”
 
 
The KKC maintains that the comments, made on behalf of the government of Vietnam, are part of an intentional systematic campaign to fabricate the truth of Cambodian history and to purposely inflict pain on Khmer citizens.
 
 
It added that no historians believe that Kampuchea Krom territories are not Khmer. The KKC cites author Jules Silvestre’s book “L’Empire de Annam et Le Peuple Annamite”, which they say records a Khmer king reigning over the port of Prey Nokor (now Ho Chi Minh city) 289 years before Christian influence took hold.
 
 
“Khmer historical evidence shows that many villages, districts, provinces and even Buddhist pagodas, had Khmer names, not Vietnamese. Many of these places have been systematically renamed to extinguish them from records,” said the organization.
 
 
“For example, Khleang Province has been re-named  Soc Trang; Phsar Dek changed to Sa Dec; and Preah Trapeang to Tra Vinh.  The Samborangsey Buddhist temple located in Preah Trapeang Province was established in A.D. 373 and  Samroang’s Wat Ek in A.D.642,” the KKC said.
 
 
“Evidence that colonial France ceded the Khmer Kampuchea Krom territories to the Vietnam authorities to colonize is based on the French colonial law No 49-733 adopted on June 4, 1949,” they added.
 
 
The KKC went on to strongly condemn all statements that they believe systematically fabricate the truth of Khmer history, with an intent to incite violence or further provoke racial discrimination.
 

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