Cambodian and Vietnamese authorities are jointly
investigating the killing of a fisheries department official off the coast of Kampot province Wednesday.
Phat Sareoun, 43, a Kampot province fisheries officer for
the Ministry of Agriculture, was shot dead Wednesday night, after he and six
other fisheries officials confronted a Vietnamese fishing trawler in Cambodian
waters, officials said.
Sar Sarin, chief of the Kampot fisheries administration,
said Friday authorities from both countries were working closely together to
find the perpetrators.
Teams from both countries are searching for evidence and
investigating on both sides of the border, he said.
Vietnam Embassy spokesman Trinh Ba Cam said Friday the
embassy had not received an official complaint from the Cambodian side, but
Vietnamese officials were aiding in the investigation.
He dismissed initial reports that the shooting could have
been done by the Vietnamese navy.