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Border Treaty Reactions by Some Residents

Vietnamese and former Khmer Rouge men reacted to the signing of supplemental treaty to 1985 border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam, which Prime Minister Hun Sen signed with Vietnam at the beginning of October and which King Sihamoni signed on November 30.

A young Vietnamese-Cambodian in Phnom Penh said that he is pleased so that the two countries have peace and friendship. Another older Vietnamese man said that he is oblivious to the event but that it is the government's dicision.

Director of Cambodia's Border Committee Sean Pengse, opposition party's leader Sam Rainsy and some other Cambodians said that they regret this dicision but that it is not hopeless.

A former Khmer Rouge leader cannot be reached for comment, but a spokesman of the Democratic National United Movement founded by former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary in 1995 gave cautious opinion about the treaty, saying the government is doing according to the flow. Border experts said Cambodia and Vietnam will still be negotiating.