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Cabinet Meeting On Logo For Border Posts

The Cambodian cabinet adopts Friday border markers' shapes, designs, and Khmer alphabets for use along Cambodia's border with Vietnam to end a long conflict between both countries.

This implementation is done after the prime ministers from both countries signed an agreement on a controversial additional border treaty to the 1985 border treaty on October 10, 2005, to open ways for border demarcation between Cambodia and Vietnam.

Minister of Information and government spokesman Khieu Kanharith told reporters at the cabinet headquarter that the cabinet agrees on the shapes of markers for the border demarcation to end conflicts. He says that both countries' border committees give priority to seven international gates at the common border, beginning with Baveth international gate, in Svayrieng province, Cambodia, and Mok Bai, Taininh province, Vietnam, on August 1, 2006. Both prime ministers will preside over an inauguration in September.

Vietnam will spend $15 million for about 353 granite markers, to be planted on 1,270 km. long border, says a report of Chairman of Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Border Commission in charge of State Border Affairs, Var Kim Hong, to Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the cabinet meeting.

Opposition Sam Rainsy party (SRP) legislator Eng Chhay Eang expresses concerns on the Cambodian side's lack of experts to study border problems.