Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia Border Affairs Committee, said yesterday 40 border markers that both parties have agreed upon were planted along the boundary in Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces bordering Vietnam.

“We have put up 40 border posts. Twelve posts were planted in Mondulkiri province and 28 others in Ratanakkiri province within three weeks,” Mr Kimhong said.

Cambodia shares a 1,270-kilometre border in the east with Vietnam. To date, 84 percent of the two countries’ border were defined, he said.

Mr Kimhong said that 16 percent of the border with Vietnam remained unsolved as negotiations are ongoing.

“There are still some controversial issues, but we will make great efforts to demarcate the posts,” he said. “In some areas, we have not yet agreed on it.”

He said that the Cambodian government will ask France for assistance where both countries have disagreed on.

“For the 16 percent, we have not yet agreed on, and we will ask France to intervene,” he said.

Sok Touch, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that Cambodia and Vietnam have not yet agreed on some disputed areas where issues related to demarcation need to be worked out.

“I will go down and inspect border posts in those provinces someday in February and March,” Mr Touch said.

Mr Touch said that Cambodia and Vietnam have not yet agreed on the Dak Dam controversial area in Mondulkiri province.

By Khuon Narim - Khmer Times - November 26, 2018