Cambodian National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy and deputy leader Kem Sohka pose for photos during
a function with supporters in Sydney on Saturday. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Meas Sokchea, The Phnom Pehn Post
Tue, 1 September 2015
Contrary to government assurances, Cambodia has indeed lost land to Vietnam, opposition leader Sam Rainsy told supporters in Australia, firing yet another shot in the ongoing dispute over the demarcation of the eastern frontier.
Speaking in Sydney as part of a fundraising tour, the Cambodia National Rescue Party president continued pressing the sensitive issue despite recent arrests and threats of legal action by Prime Minister Hun Sen linked to the opposition’s recent campaigning on the issue of border encroachment.
“The authorities said that the yuon did not take Khmer land,” Rainsy said, using a word for the Vietnamese considered derogatory by some.
“Brothers, sisters, if you want to believe this, go ahead. But we, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, we believe the people living along the border, especially Khmer farmers.