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Prime Minister Hun Sen Signs Additional Border Treaty With Vietnam

Prime Minister Hun Sen plans to sign an additional agreement to the 1985 Cambodia-Vietnam border treaty during his official visit to Vietnam next month, according to an announcement from the Office of the Council of Ministers to the National Assembly.

The announcement which was signed by Vice Primer Sok An on August 11th, which VOA receives Tuesday, said Cambodian government drafted the additional agreement in late 1985.

It goes on to say the additional agreement will allow Cambodia to negotiate with Vietnam using based on existing documents and proof of long-term occupation which will benefit Cambodia and which Vietnam can accept.

President of the Cambodian government's border committee, Var Kim Hong refuses to comment on the additional agreement. However he said the document from the Office of the Council of Ministers sent to the National Assembly should not be released.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay of the Sam Rainsy Party said the additional agreement should be discussed by the national assembly and announced to the Cambodian people before signing with Vietnam.

President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) Kem Sokha said the plan to sign the additional agreement clearly shows that the government is eager to strengthen the border treaty with Vietnam.