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    Southeast Asia
     Jun 9, '14


Cambodia denies 'territory loss' to Vietnam
By Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's administration on Friday hit out at opposition leaders for accusing the government of ceding territory to Vietnam at a ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of loss of land belonging to the Khmer Krom ethnic minority to Hanoi.

Government spokesman Keo Remy said Friday that opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha were "playing politics" by making such accusations.

"Their allegations are groundless," he said of the claim that Hun



Sen had ceded islands, such as Phu Quoc (in Khmer, Koh Tral), and other land to Vietnam, during a press conference in the capital Phnom Penh on Friday.

On Wednesday, while attending an event to mark the day in 1949 when France officially turned over its Cochinchina colony - which included the former Kampuchea Krom provinces - to Hanoi, Sam Rainsy accused Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of facilitating the loss to Vietnam of additional Cambodian territory through economic land concessions. More ...

Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Asia. For original article, see here

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