BY KUCH NAREN | OCTOBER 24, 2014
Cambodia and Vietnam have launched a joint investigation over a temporary border marker found to have gone missing during a routine patrol of the area on Tuesday in Tbong Khmum province, according to a local official.
Provincial police chief Mao Pov said on Thursday that border police noticed that the roughly 70-cm-tall concrete marker, which had been rooted in the middle of a rice paddy, was missing while patrolling Cambodia’s border with Vietnam in Memot district’s Chan Moul commune.
“After our border police found that the temporary marker was gone, we contacted the Vietnamese border police to inform them,” he said. “Now we are launching a joint investigation with Vietnam to find out whether the temporary border marker was uprooted with ill intent or what the motive was.”
He said border police had patrolled the same stretch the day before the marker went missing.
Much of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam remains contested and has yet to be officially demarcated. The placement of border markers remains a contentious issue for those Cambodians who accuse their eastern neighbor of encroachment.