28 February 2008
The Cambodia Daily reported in today’s edition that Prime minister Hun Sen would provide free coffins to those who want to invade Vietnam to reclaim back the territory of Kampuchea Krom (South Vietnam) which was lost to Vietnam in 1949. The Cambodia Daily quoted Hun Sen as saying: “Some people have claimed that they want to reclaim Kampuchea Krom. Please do it if you can … I am not able to do it, but I will give you coffins and help to bury your corpses. You invade another country and they will attack you.” Venerable Yoeung Sin, President of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Monks Association, said that he is not intimidated by Hun Sen’s declaration, and he would continue to work on the demand for the return of Kampuchea Krom back. Thach Setha, Director of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community said that the return of the Kampuchea Krom territory should be resolved by the Cambodian government, but that Hun Sen’s speech amounted to a threat against Khmer Krom people. “He threatened people. These are not words of a leader,” The Cambodia Daily quoted Thach Setha.