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National Assembly Ratifies Supplemental Border Treaty

The Coalition Alliance Ruling party's members Friday ratify unanimously the Supplemental border treaty which Prime Minister Hun Sen signed with Vietnam on October 10. Fiften opposition Sam Rainsy party legislators walked out of the National Assembly meeting, showing their opposition to this ratification.

Ninety seven members of the CPP and the Funcinpec parties including Prime Minister Hun Sen raised their hands to vote. Article two of a law requires the government to continue the process of legally ratifying this treaty.

Mr. Hun Sen told the legislators and reporters that he will try hard to implement the border treaties especially the demarcation of border.

Prince Ranaridh of the Funcinpec party said that the border solution with Vietnam is long term and far from over, and that the government has to sign a joint agreement for a clear demarcation, making a map, and marking all the border points.

Mr. Keo Remy, opposition Sam Rainsy party's (SRP) legislator said that his party cannot accept this treaty. The SRP legislators Friday announce their decision of mourning the loss of Cambodia's rights on her territory which the colonial French and the Vietnamese aggressors took. He appealed to King Sihamoni not to endorse the controversial treaty.

Vice Premier Sok An told the meeting that Cambodia does not lose any land, and that the government uses the 1964 map which former King Sihanouk has it kept at the UN.

Former King Sihanouk and border activists criticized the government's decision to sign this treaty sying the Supplemental treaty is not in accordance with the 1991 Paris Accord and the 1993 constitution.