PHNOM PENH, August 16, (Khmer Times) – The president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Sam Rainsy, yesterday urged Khmer Krom ethnics living in Cambodia to write a petition endorsed with thumb prints, to call for the dismissal of the spokesman for the Vietnam embassy in Phnom Penh, Trang Van Thong.
He made the comments at the Samaki Raingsey pagoda in the city’s Meanchey District, when he and his senior officers met with several hundred residents from Kratie Province, who are engaged in a land dispute.
The CNRP leader said that he thought merely demonstrating was not enough. He believed that a petition would enable people who live in the provinces and who are unable to attend demonstrations to a voice. He endorsed the call for the Khmer Krom people to enlist the support of the wider Cambodian community in condemning these provocative statements.
Sam Rainsy also backed the call for the spokesman to publicly apologise for public statements he made asserting that Kampuchea Krom land (southern Vietnam) historically belonged to Vietnam, not Cambodia.
Trang Van Thong continues to insist that claims that French authorities appropriated this land and gave it to Vietnam to manage, do not have any foundation.