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Government Explains Supplemental Border Treaty to National Assembly's Commissions

A government high-ranking official on Friday explains the Supplemental border treaty to the National Assembly's Commissions.

Sok An, Vice premier Sok An told reporters at the Assembly after his meeting with the Assembly's Commissions for almost 7 hours, that the important points of the Supplemental border treaty were explained, and that there were many questions.

The Commissions officials listened to his report, and he said that they agreed unanimously on the important points in the the controversial treaty.

Mr. Var Kim Hong, president of the government's Commission for Border Conflict Resolution, said that Mr. Sok An explained about the Cochinchina, the island Krachak Seh, and the island Koh Tral problems, by showing slides about historical maps dated from the 19th. century, the Brevier line in 1939, and all other 1982, 1983, and 1985 historical documents.

These explanations were done for the CPP and Funcinpec party members only and not for the opposition Sam Rainsy party members who were not present.

Mr. Moan Saphan, Funcinpec party's chairman of the National Assembly's Commission of Home Affairs, National Defense, Investigation and Anti-corruption said that Kampuchea Krom and the island of Koh Tral problems were mainly explained to both parties, and there were proper documents to support that, and that the problems stemmed from the French colonization era.

Mr. Keo Remy, opposition Sam Rainsy party legislator said that it is not fair to his party that the two ruling parties put his party outside their circle.

Recently former King Sihanouk said that the Supplemental border treaty is not in accordance with the 1991 Paris Agreement.

The National Assembly is expected to ratify the treaty next week.