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Vietnam PM is in Cambodia for Two-Day Visit


Vietnam's prime minister is in Cambodia for a two-day visit to this country. Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes Mr. Phan Van Khai at the airport Monday.

The prime ministers of the two countries sign agreements on bilateral cooperation in what is seen to strengthen the relation between the two countries. Mr. Phan Van Khai and Mr. Hun Sen are witnesses to the signing of 5 agreements namely the demarcation of border, health, communications, information and joint announcement to serve the benefits of the people of the two countries.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister meets Prime Minister Hun Sen and some government officials, and he plans to have an audience with King Sihamoni, Mr. Chea Sim, president of the Senate, and Mr. Heng Samrin, National Assembly's new president on Tuesday.

This is the first time the Vietnamese prime minister visits Cambodia after the two countries signed a controversial Supplemental border agreement leading to scores of arrest of a number of activists.

Mr. Hun Sen released these activists last month following strong criticisms from the international community especially the U.S.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's adviser and personal spokesman Ieng Sophalet told reporters after the meeting that Mr. Phan Van Khai has met Mr. Hun sen and that the Vietnamese side will manufacture the demarcation border poles and will ask the Cambodian side to cooperate to plant these poles, especially at the necessary sites, which is better than planting them at the sites which will have a bad consequences.

Vietnamese troops occupied Cambodia for ten years after toppling the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

The Phnom Penh authorities refuse Monday to allow the Kampuchea Krom community to conduct a demonstration against the Vietnamese prime minister during his visit.

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