Phnom Penh (dpa) – A row broke out in Cambodia after Vietnam destroyed the crops of a Cambodian farmer on the border, saying they were on the wrong side of the boundary.
The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) said Friday they would seek a fresh investigation into the row over 16.6 hectares of agricultural land.
Families living in eastern Cambodia’s Tbong Khmum province complained to lawmakers in late April that their crops had been sprayed with herbicides by the Vietnamese authorities, local media reported.
The Vietnamese countered that the plants were on their side of the border, a stance backed on Thursday by Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong, who said that the land in question definitely belonged to Vietnam.
The opposition has previously branded the spraying a “blow to Cambodia’s sovereignty.”
“There is a lot of reaction from people, so the government should … do the investigation again and ask the people what is going on,” CNRP party spokesman Yim Sovann said.
Territorial disputes have in past stoked tensions between Vietnam and Cambodia. Last year a number of anti-Vietnamese protests were held throughout the country, attended by CNRP supporters.
The authorities in Hanoi have made no comment on this latest incident.