Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen declared this morning that those who continued to accuse the royal government of using fake maps will be arrested.

Speaking during his visit to Samdech Techo Hun Sen Kulen 317 Disabled Soldier Development Center in Banteay Srey district, Siem Reap province, the Cambodian premier said from now on, fake map issue must not be mentioned because first, the Constitution stipulates the use of maps scale 1:100,000 published by the Service Geographique de l'Indochine between (19)33 and (19)53, and second only the maps used by the royal government has been ratified by the National Assembly and signed by His Majesty the King.

In addition, Cambodia used to borrow the copies of maps deposited at the United Nations and France to verify with the ones used by the royal government, he underlined.

This reaction was made after the opposition lawmaker Um Sam An was arrested on April 10 for accusing the government of using fake maps on his Facebook account.

For the border delimitation and demarcation with her neighboring countries - Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia has so far used a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Border Affairs in 2000 and the Cambodia-Thailand maps produced under the 1904 and 1907 conventions as well as the maps scale 1:200.000; the maps scale 1:100,000; and the maps scale 1:100,000 in accordance with the 1985 Treaty on National Border Delimitation with Vietnam, respectively.

In order to confirm the legality and rightness of its maps, in August and September last year, the Royal Government of Cambodia borrowed eighteen pieces of the originals of Cambodian maps from the UN and the Bonne maps, scale 1:100,000 from France for authenticity verification.

The verification, held under the witness of some Cambodian dignitaries, including 5 representatives each from the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and FUNCINPEC Party; 6 from the National Assembly (3 from the majority party and 3 from the minority party), 6 from the Senate (3 from CPP and 3 from the Sam Rainsy Party); 2 from the Constitutional Council of Cambodia; 2 from the Supreme Council of Magistracy; and 3 from the Royal Academy of Cambodia as well as foreign advisors, showed that the maps used by the royal government and those lent by the UN and France are identical.

Source: AKP