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Cambodia Government Says It Will Sign Border Agreement with Vietnam

The Cambodian government says it is committed to sign the additional agreement to the 1985 Cambodia-Vietnam border treaty although there's strong protest from civil societies and the opposition party.

Government Border Committee president Var Kim Hong said Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a delegation to Vietnam from October 10-12 to sign the additional agreement.

The Cambodian Watchdog Council and the opposition party condemned the additional agreement saying Cambodia would not benefit from it.

Var Kim Hong said he disagreed and said the government would be paralyzed if it listens to the NGOs too much. The border committee president said if US president Bush listens to the NGOs then Cambodia will consider listening to them too.

Vice president of the Supreme Council on Border Issues Princess Norodom Vichara said the government should discuss the additional agreement with the council first before signing it with Vietnam