The Cambodian and Vietnamese armies on Sunday inaugurated a cadet training centre, set up with some funds from the Vietnamese government, in Tboung Khmum province’s O’Raing Ov district.
The centre was opened by Royal Cambodian Army commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet and Lt Gen Vo Minh Luong, the commander of Vietnam’s military region 7.
An RCAF statement, received yesterday, said that during the launch, Lt Gen Manet hailed the long standing cooperation between Cambodia and Vietnam which is helping to maintain peace and security along their shared borders.
“Today, we are launching many achievements such as a shooting range, military office, swimming pool, football field and other infrastructures to support military training,” Lt Gen Manet was quoted as saying.
The statement said Lt Gen Vo said the two nations enjoy a long-standing relationship as good neighbours.
“In particular, Cambodia’s military region 2 and Vietnam’s region 7 had jointly fought to help overthrow the genocidal regime [Pol Pot’s regime] resulting in Cambodia becoming a peaceful and prosperous country today,” he noted.
Major General Mao Phalla, Royal Cambodian Army spokesman, yesterday said the RCAF Cadet Training Centre was set up with help from Vietnam.
“It was built using funds provided by Vietnam and from the National Defence Ministry’s budget but I can’t remember the amount,” he said.
Kin Phea, director general at International Relation Institute of Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said that Cambodia and Vietnam’s armies enjoy very good cooperation which stems from the neighbourly relations between the two countries.
“We have seen that both armies always cooperate in tasks such as building infrastructure, and the Vietnamese also help train the Cambodian military,” he noted. “Cambodia is a small country and we want to have cooperation and peaceful relations with neighbouring countries.”