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Vietnam ambassador questioned over border tents

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh. KT/Pann Rachana

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has questioned Vietnamese ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh over the setting up of tents by its soldiers in a disputed border area in Kandal province.

A ministry statement issued late yesterday evening said Eath Sophea, a Foreign Affairs Ministry’s secretary of state, summoned Mr Vu to discuss the matter on Monday.

“[We] requested Vietnam remove all the tents as soon as possible and continue to maintain the de facto status in that area until the border affairs committees from both countries finally solve the border demarcation in that area,” the statement said.

The Ministry on May 13, also sent a diplomatic note to the Vietnamese government after its soldiers set up 31 tents in the disputed border stretch in Kandal province’s Koh Thom and Loeuk Dek districts which border Vietnam’s An Giang province.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the diplomatic note on May 28, saying Vietnam would remove the tents.

“Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to our diplomatic note by claiming that the tents along the border in An Giang province were a temporary measure taken to prevent border crossings during the outbreak of COVID-19,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry had said in a statement.

Vietnam said the setting up of tents would not impact the ongoing border demarcation between the two nations.

“Vietnam promised that they will remove all those temporary tents from that area,” the statement added.

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