Interview: ‘I don’t trust the map produced by Vietnam…We trust France with this.’ – Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen sent letters to the leaders of the three western countries on Wednesday asking to borrow a decades-old map to try to settle disputes over alleged territorial encroachment by Vietnam. The Cambodian leader sent letters to U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to ask for their “cooperation and assistance on an important issue about territory integrity of the Kingdom of Cambodia” by lending him the 1964 map so it could be compared to Southeast Asia nation’s official map.

Key Takeaways:

  • the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) agreed to back a plan that could finally settle the border dispute between the country and neighboring Vietnam.
  • The border issue has been a potent political issue for both parties as the CNRP has criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen for allegedly giving territory to Vietnam, and Hun Sen has retaliated by jailing politicians who have attacked him on the issue.
  • The border dispute has also vexed Vietnam as the two countries have been working to complete demarcation of the border for more than two decades.

“The supplement map we ask her to provide us is not meant to replace the maps as stipulated in Article 2 of our constitution. We should not be afraid to use a supplement map which is more detailed.”