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Border Activists Plan to Form a border watchdog council in Thailand


The Border activists who fled to Thailand for fear of being arrested by the government for speaking out on border issues plan to form a border watchdog council temporarily based in Thailand to monitor the government's activities. The refugees from opposition Sam Rainsy party gather to form this council to positively criticize the border issues to preserve Cambodia's sovereignty.

Mr. Chuop Kampuchea, President of Cambodia Border Protection, said the council plans to invite former King Sihanouk to be its honorary president. Kampuchea said that Mr. Pang Sokhoeun, Mr. Ea Channa, and Mr. Men Nath who fled Cambodia might join it. He said the council will cooperate closely with other border organizations abroad.

Ms. Chea Vannath, president of the Center for Social Development said all parties should have a national border strategy and that there should be a public forum to help people understand everything about the border issues.

Mr. Khieu Kanharith, government spokesman and Minister of Information has no comment on the subject saying he is busy. Mr. Var Kim Hong, president of the government's Cambodia Border Committee said that there is no problem since it is in Thai territory. Mr. Kem Sokha, president of Cambodia Center for Human Rights praises the activists' goodwill.

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