Opposition takes on plight of border villages

Having now received for five years numerous villagers’ personal complaints of land being absorbed into Vietnam, Cambodia’s opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) has been determined to carry out fact-finding missions on government alleged plantation of temporary demarcations for Vietnam on Cambodia’s territory, within the context of the 2005 recently-applied treaty. This is the case in the Takeo (Takev) Province notably, where the SRP was leading a fact finding mission last week [June 14, 2010]. 

The Cambodian authorities had rejected the SRP’s demand with the National Assembly President, Heng Samrin, forbidding this visit earlier in the week. However, as SRP spokesman Yim Sovann declared on 2 June this year, ‘We are the lawmakers, so we have the obligation […and] we have the right to monitor government action’. Mr Sovann had also added that this visit was to be done peacefully, solely to visit the border.

Thus, on 3 June, as planned, 22 SRP lawmakers, accompanied by local and international journalists, gathered at the party’s headquarters early in the morning. Leaving with a dozen cars, the group slowly gained in size, as more SRP members joined it along the way, finally reaching over 100 people.

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