The map that the Cambodian government is using in demarcating its border with Vietnam is identical to the one it has borrowed from the United Nations (UN) for comparison.
Cambodia’s coordinating committee for the reception and collation of maps released this confirmation on Thursday after verifying the maps in Phnom Penh, according to the Vietnam New Agency.
The verification took place in the presence of representatives of the Cambodian People’s Party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the FUNCINPEC Party, the Cambodian Senate and the National Assembly, the Cambodian Supreme Council of the Magistracy, the Cambodian Royal Academy, UN officials, and local and foreign journalists.
It was made based on a 1/100,000-ratio map of Cambodia that had been handed to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong by acting President of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Mereani Keleti Vakasisikakala.
This map has been preserved by the UN since 1964.
After the verification ended, Chairman of Cambodia’s Border Affairs Committee Var Kim Hong emphasized that the map of Cambodia retained by the UN is not different from the one that the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Land Border Demarcation and Marker Planting has been using for its borderline work.
Cambodian Deputy PM Hor Nam Hong said that the verification would help everyone feel secure about, and have confidence in, the Cambodian government’s responsibility for and devotion to national rights and interests.
The map verification followed the CNRP’s recent accusation that the Cambodian government had been using a map of Cambodia that was not identical with the one preserved by the UN.
The CNRP has many times claimed that the Cambodian government had used a map made by Vietnam in the 1980s.
A number of the CNRP members launched demonstrations gathering thousands of people in common border areas and even caused violent conflicts at border marker 203 in the Cambodian province of Svay Rieng on June 28, 2015.
In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency after the verification session, Spokesperson of the Cambodian government and Secretary of State Phay Siphan said this was the last action by the government to publicize the rightness and transparency of border negotiations and demarcations between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Any further moves distorting border issues will be strictly punished by the Cambodian government in accordance with the law, he underscored.
Vice Chairwoman of Cambodian Border Committee Koy Pisey had previously rejected the CNRP’s request to borrow maps of Cambodia from the UN for its self-verification, as such an action is not allowed by the UN’s strict regulations.
On July 7 this year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, proposing that the UN provide all maps of Cambodia kept by the intergovernmental organization for comparison with those that the country’s government has been using.
Such a proposal showed the prudence and rightness of the Cambodian government in the border demarcation and marker planting work Cambodia and its neighboring countries are doing, PM Hun Sen said.