Cambodia-Vietnam committee condemns fake border marker on Google Map

Border Crossing Cambodia and Vietnam. Photo: Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PHNOM PENH, Dec 28, 2019, The Khmer Times. The Joint Border Committee today issued a statement dismissing the 78th Cambodia-Vietnam border marker created on Google Map, which has been disseminated on Facebook in a bid to deceive the public, The Khmer Times reported.

The committee explained in the statement that official border post 78 is a type of twin border marker including pole 78(1) located on the west of the Cham River in the territory of Cambodia in Chorm Krovean commune, Memot District, Thboung Khmum province and pole 78(2) located on the east of the Cham River on the Vietnamese territory Loc Ninh district of Binh Phuoc province.

It noted that the fake border marker created on Google Map was 5km off from the official marker, which was jointly agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam.

“The creation of fake border marker happened after some opposition groups alleged the government cut land to Vietnam under the agreement on October 5,” it said. “In fact, there was no demarcation of 5km inside Cambodian territory as written on the Facebook account of user Sila Chey.”

Koy Pisey, Cambodia’s deputy chairman of the Joint Border Committee appealed to all people both local and international not to believe the distorted information created by ill-intended groups to attack the government.

She said Cambodia and Vietnam have so far achieved 84 percent of border demarcation and work to accomplish 100 percent in order to ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty.

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