The Border Affairs Committee yesterday refuted allegations made by Khmer Rise Party president William Guang who said the Committee allows Vietnamese soldiers to chase away Cambodian farmers from their lands along the border areas. The allegations, said the Committee, were baseless and untrue.
In a Facebook post released last week, Mr Guang who is also a member of the Supreme Council for Consultation, said while the public is preoccupied with dealing with the pandemic, Vietnamese soldiers are crossing the border to drive away Cambodians farmers from their lands in Tboung Khmum province’s Tapeang Phlong commune, in Ponhea Kraek district.
“Why are the Vietnamese soldiers allowed to cross over to Khmer territory and prohibit Khmer farmers from farming on their lands?” questioned Mr Guang, adding 101 families from the commune have complained to him about the Vietnamese soldiers.
Following the allegations, the Border Affairs Committee yesterday issued a statement saying Mr Guang’s accusations were unfounded, adding that recently, a group of people has been circulating fake news geared to malign the Committee.
“The Border Affairs Committee appeals to the public to not be deceived by fake news, which aim to slander the government’s efforts regarding border matters,” the statement said.
However, Mr Guang yesterday maintained the veracity of his post. “I got the information from residents of the commune themselves. The information I received is real,” he said.
In October last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the 84-percent completion of the land demarcation work done in collaboration with Vietnam reflected concrete efforts expended by both governments over the last 14 years.
The governments, he said, will make the Cambodia-Vietnam border areas suitable living areas for the people of both countries.