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Map used in Cambodia-Vietnam border delineation same as one kept by France: official

Friday, September 04, 2015, 17:27 GMT+7

The map the Cambodian government is using to demarcate its border with Vietnam is identical with the one it has borrowed from France for comparison, said Chairman of the Cambodian Border Affairs Committee Var Kim Hong.

Chairman Hong released the confirmation on Thursday after verifying the maps in Phnom Penh, according to the Vietnam News Agency

The verification event was held at the Peace Palace in the presence of representatives of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and the FUNCINPEC Party.

It was also attended by those from the Senate, the National Assembly, the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, the Constitutional Council, the Royal Academy, UN officials, and Cambodian and foreign news agencies.

Prior to the verification, French Chargé d’Affaires to Cambodia Alan Fontang handed over a 26-piece 1/100,000-scale map preserved by France to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong.

The map was offered at Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request.

After the map presentation ceremony, Deputy PM Hor Nam Hong emphasized that it is the official map produced by France, and thus the result of the verification should end all improper demands regarding border demarcation with Vietnam.

After the verification that showed the two maps are identical with each other, the deputy premier ordered an end to opposition politicking on the Vietnam border issue, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency after the verification, Spokesperson of the Cambodian government and Secretary of State Phay Siphan said the work’s result proved the transparency, rightness and correctness of the Cambodian government’s responsibility in border demarcation and marker planting with Vietnam.

He underscored that the verification also helps prevent irresponsible forces from inciting extreme nationalism and sowing the division of national solidarity.

This was the second verification of maps being used by the Cambodian government to demarcate the eastern boundary with Vietnam, the Phnom Penh Post said.

The first verification was made on August 20 based on a 1/100,000-ratio map of Cambodia that had been handed to Deputy PM Hor Nam Hong by acting President of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Mereani Keleti Vakasisikakala.

The first check also showed that the map being used by the Cambodian government in demarcating its border with Vietnam is identical with the one borrowed from the UN.

The map verifications followed the CNRP’s recent accusation that the Cambodian government had been using a map of Cambodia that was not identical with the one preserved by the UN. The CNRP has many times claimed that the Cambodian government had utilized a map made by Vietnam in the 1980s.  A number of the CNRP members launched demonstrations gathering thousands of people in common border areas and even caused violent conflicts at border marker 203 in the Cambodian province of Svay Rieng on June 28, 2015.

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