On Friday (9 June) Mr. Ieng Sary, the Cambodian Foreign Minister told the United Nations?
On Friday (9 June) Mr. Ieng Sary, the Cambodian Foreign Minister told the United Nations General Assembly that Cambodia faces acts of aggression and annexation with hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers massing along Cambodia's borders.
SYNOPSIS: Cambodia faced acts of aggression and annexation on a grand scale, Mr. Sary told the Assembly. He did not identify the "enemy", but he was assumed to be alluding to Vietnam with which Cambodia has been in conflict. He said the enemy was mobilising hundreds of thousands of its armed forces along the frontiers and ceaselessly perpetrating its acts of aggression against democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia).
Cambodian hostility towards Vietnam dates back several centuries. As the Vietnamese expanded southward during the 19th century they over-ran Cochin-China, which then formed part of the Cambodian Empire and still contains a large Cambodian minority. After Cambodia became a French Protectorate in 1863 the French used Vietnamese officials and soldiers to impose their control on the country, and in the 1920s and 1930s thousands of Vietnamese from Tonkin were forcibly removed to Eastern Cambodia to work in the rubber plantations. When disorders have occurred since then the anti-Vietnamese feeling has usually been accentuated by differences in religion, and attacks on churches. In May this year Cambodia rejected Vietnam's attempts to start negotiations for peace talks on their border conflict.