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Cambodian Navy mum over alleged Vietnam boat entries by Ben Sokhean August 25,2020   |  Source: Khmer Times

The Ream Naval Base of the Royal Cambodian Navy yesterday neither refuted nor confirmed a report made by a Beijing-based think tank that over a hundred Vietnamese fishing vessels intruded into the Kingdom’s maritime territory last month.

Admiral Khun Vuthy, spokesman for RCA, yesterday refused to comment and referred the question to Rear Admiral Mey Dina, spokesman for the Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk province.

Rear Adm Dina, who is also deputy commander of the naval base, said he was not aware about the Chinese think tank report. He said he also did not know about any cases of illegal Vietnamese fishing boats encroaching in the Kingdom’ territory.

“We only know the number of Vietnamese fishing boats which are still fishing in the historical waters,” he said, referring to a bilateral treaty on “historical waters” first signed in 1982 by the then People’s Republic of Kampuchea and Vietnam.

According to the treaty, a rectangular-shaped area outside Cambodia’s eastern coast stretching approximately 120 kilometres out to sea with Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island and Cambodia’s Poulu Wai Island at its outer corners is jointly administered by the two nations.

Rear Adm Dina said between 90 to 100 Vietnamese fishing boats are found fishing in the


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