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The Senate Ratifies The Supplemental Border Treaty

The alliance coalition ruling parties' senate unanimously Friday ratifies the supplemental border treaty, and the opposition Sam Rainsy party (SRP) senators walked out of the National Assembly's meeting to protest this decision.

Forty nine CPP and FUNCINPEC senators of the 50 senators raised their hands to vote for it, and SRP senators who opposed this decision walked out before the ratification took place.

Deputy Prime Minister and senior Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, Sok An, told reporters that the Supplemental border treaty has been proceeded legally from the National Assembly to the Senate, then the government and now to the King.

He said that after the King's signature, Cambodia and Vietnam sides will have a ceremony of exchanging ratification statute and this treaty will go into effect.

He said at the Senate hearing that this treaty is necessary to protect the Cambodian territorial sovereignty and that it does not violate the 1993 constitution, and that it is in accordance with former King Sihanouk's 1969 map which is kept at the U.N.

SRP acting president Kong Korm said that this treaty is not clear and does not talk about Cambodia's sovereignty.

The Center for Society Development's director Ms. Chea Vannath said that the King will have to consider every angle before signing it.

This controversial treaty which Prime Minister Hun Sen signed with Vietnam at the beginning of October, resulted in the arrests of two border activists and warrant arrests of several others including Prince Sisowath Thomico, the former King's cousin.