|Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Members of a Vietnamese-Cambodian joint working group have pledged they would not allow any violence to recur in their border areas.
On Thursday, they visited the site of a violent clash that was ignited on June 28 by some Cambodian extremists.
At the site, which lies between Border Markers 202 and 203 on the shared border near Binh Bac Village in Long An Province, both sides talked to witnesses in order to find the cause of the incident.
Cambodian members of the group expressed their sympathy and sought the understanding of Vietnamese nationals injured in the clash. In talks held after the field trip, group members affirmed their commitment to abiding by all bilateral treaties and agreements as well as the joint communique signed in 1995.
The same day, responding to a question about Cambodia's reported claim that Viet Nam had agreed to temporarily halt all building works in some border areas, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh gave the following clarification:
"To show Viet Nam's goodwill and desire to create favourable conditions for the border demarcation work including the placing of border markers at this critical moment, in a Diplomatic Note dated July 6 addressed to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and also at the meeting between the two chairmen of the joint committee on border demarcation and border marker placement, the Vietnamese side officially asked the Cambodian side to agree to ‘not carry out any building work within 100m of the actual (border) management line on either side in the areas that have not been demarcated and where border markers have not been placed, and where the land swap has not been completed in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on the adjustment of the land border in some remaining areas between the Government of Viet Nam and the Government of Cambodia, which was signed on April 23, 2011.'"
Unfortunately, the Cambodian side had failed to respond to the gesture of goodwill from Viet Nam, he said.
Binh also said that Viet Nam had strictly abided by agreements with Cambodia on managing the shared border during the demarcation process and the planting of border markers.
He also clarified that in earlier diplomatic notes sent to Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and the Cambodian agency in charge of border affairs, as well as in the meeting of the two chairmen of the Joint Committee on Border Demarcation and Marker Planting from July 6-9, Viet Nam had clearly confirmed that all Vietnamese construction projects in border areas in recent years are within the territory under Viet Nam's management.
In the Viet Nam - Cambodia joint communique issued on January 17, 1995, there was agreement that while waiting for the settlement of differences on the border line, the two countries will maintain status-quo on (border) management, not change or move border markers, educate members of (border) communities and prevent claims on each other's farming and residential plots and work together to maintain border security and order, Binh noted. — VNS