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Border Activists Appeal to Government on Border Treaty with Vietnam

Cambodia's Border Committee based in Paris France urges the government to cancel the additional agreement to the 1985 Cambodia-Vietnam border treaty.

In a letter to National Assembly President Norodom Ranariddh dated September 25, President of the Border's Committee Sean Pengse said the 1985 treaty was an illegal one because it was signed during the time when Cambodia was under Vietnam's occupation.

President of the Khmer Border Protection Chuap Kampuchea said Cambodia will lose its territory to Vietnam under the additional agreement.

Border activists plan to carry out a peaceful protest in front of the National Assembly building against the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister when he visits Cambodia tomorrow (Tuesday) even though the Phnom Penh City Hall has denied them permission.

Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said the border activists should write a letter to the National Assembly pinpointing where Cambodia would lose its territory so that the national assembly can be prepared to tell the government before approving the additional agreement.

The government spokesman admitted the 1985 Cambodia-Vietnam border treaty is not a fair one for Cambodia because Vietnam occupied Cambodia at the time. However he said it's up to the National Assembly to approve the continuation of that treaty.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said this additional agreement will not result in the loss of Cambodian territory but will give Cambodia a clear border demarcation with Vietnam.

National Assembly President Norodom Ranariddh has not yet responded to Sean Pengse's letter.

Opposition party and NGOs are against the signing of the additional agreement saying the 1985 border treaty with Vietnam is illegal under the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement.