Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Cambodia

Border Expert Says Old Vietnam Treaties Should Be Nulified

Meanwhile, Cambodia and Vietnam have yet to reach full agreements on border demarcation.

The Opposition Sam Rainsy Party's lawmakers and supporters, hold a Cambodia map for their protecting Cambodia territory while walking on the street in Phnom Penh, file photo. The Opposition Sam Rainsy Party's lawmakers and supporters, hold a Cambodia map for their protecting Cambodia territory while walking on the street in Phnom Penh, file photo.
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The Opposition Sam Rainsy Party's lawmakers and supporters, hold a Cambodia map for their protecting Cambodia territory while walking on the street in Phnom Penh, file photo.
The Opposition Sam Rainsy Party's lawmakers and supporters, hold a Cambodia map for their protecting Cambodia territory while walking on the street in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Sok KhemaraVOA Khmer
WASHINGTON DC - Despite assurances from Prime Minister Hun Sen that no Cambodian land has been ceded to Vietnam, a France-based border expert said the government has failed to nullify treaties with its eastern neighbor that would do just that.

Sean Pengse, former Cambodian minister of industry and president of the Paris-based Cambodia Border Committee, told “Hello VOA” that at least four border treaties were made during Vietnam’s occupation of Cambodia, from 1979 to 1989, causing the loss of territory.

A supplementary agreement was made in 2005, sparking protests from many Cambodians.

With the national election approaching next year, and border questions often at the forefront of heated political debate, Hun Sen recently gave a five-hour speech to the National Assembly, broadcast live on state television, defending his government’s border policies.

Sok Khemara hosts 'Hello VOA' 13 Thursday, 2012, from Washington DC.
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During the speech, Hun Sen said Cambodia had not lost any land and said that new technology had shown it was actually 300 square kilometers larger than traditionally thought. Some Cambodian land, such as Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, was lost following the French withdrawal from Indochina, he said, adding that Cambodia, once it submitted a map of its borders to the UN in 1964, no longer had claim to the lower Mekong Delta or islands like Koh Tral and others that now belong to Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Cambodia and Vietnam have yet to reach full agreements on border demarcation. Sean Pengse said the treaties made when Vietnam occupied Cambodia were coerced, and therefore illegal. “That’s why, by international law, they should be omitted,” he said.
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Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Raps About Personal Strugglesi
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A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970's. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside that country.

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