Vietnam roundly criticizes the extreme and hostile accusations by opportunists who are deliberately twisting history and harming the friendship, neighborliness, solidarity and cooperation between Hanoi and Phnom Penh, a Vietnamese diplomat has said.
Pham Thu Hang, the deputy spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement on Thursday in reply to reporters’ questions on Vietnam’s response to an article written by a direct advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the Rasmei Kampuchea Daily.
The article contains material that distorts history and provokes border tension between Vietnam and Cambodia, Hang said.
In a related development, two weeks after opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he would order Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers to stop attacking the government’s border work, lawmaker Um Sam An said Tuesday he is continuing his tour in the U.S. to tell supporters there that the Cambodian People’s Party is using illegal border maps, the Cambodia Daily reported on September 30.
Prime Minister Hun Sen last month threatened to arrest anyone who accuses his government of using “fake” maps for demarcation, according to the Cambodia Daily.
The premier uttered the threat after the Cambodia National Rescue Party launched a campaign accusing the government of not using the maps mandated by the Constitution, the Cambodia Daily said.