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Cambodia protests to Vietnam over border issue

Cambodian national flag (Getty/Kyodo)

PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodia has protested Vietnam's erection of 31 makeshift camps and its stationing of soldiers on the two countries' yet-demarcated border, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    In a statement, the ministry said Cambodia sent a diplomatic note to Vietnam on May 13 protesting the developments in Kandal Province, which borders Vietnam's An Giang province.

    It said Vietnamese Ambassador Vu Quang Minh was summoned to the ministry for a protest on Monday.

    Cambodia wants Vietnam to remove all the erected camps and the military presence so as to retain the status quo for a peaceful border between the two countries, it said.

    Vietnam has said the tents were temporarily installed for preventing any spread of the new coronavirus by travelers who may cross the border.

    Vietnam and Cambodia have both been minimally affected by the pandemic, so far reporting 328 and 125 COVID-19 cases, respectively.

    Cambodia has often claimed border violations by its neighbors Vietnam and Thailand.

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