– Excellency Ngieng Tan Dong, Prime Minster of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
– Excellency high ranking leaders of the Vietnamese Government.
– Excellency and Lok Chhum Teav, high representatives of Diplomatic Corps to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
– Excellency, Lok Chhum Teav, members of the Senate, Parliament and Royal Government of Cambodia.
– Excellencies, Lok Chhum Teav, Ladies, Gentlemen, Students, publics and people of Cambodia and Vietnam.
Today I have high honour and greeat pleasure to preside over, along with Excellency Ngieng Tan Dong, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the inauguration ceremony of the border post at the international exit of Bavet-Mokbai today.
I would like, at the same time, express my thanks to the two countries, Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Committee on Border Affairs for their utmost efforts, body and mind, and their close cooperation to achieve the work of delineation and setting ground border post of the two countries. This allow the two prime ministers to participate today in the official inauguration ceremony of the First Border Post of the Bavet-Mokbai international exit.
My thanks also go to His Excellency governor of Tai Ninh province and that of Svay Rieng province for their cooperation in organizing this solemn inauguration today in an atmosphere of happiness and friendship between the two countries.
Excellencies, Lok Chhum Teavs, Ladies, Gentlemen, Compatriots and Vietnamese friends.
I would like to recall that, during my visit to the socialist Republic of Vietnam in October 2005, the Supplement Treaty to complete the existing Treaty signed in 1985 that covers border delineation between the two countries, was signed by myself and His Excellency Pham Van Khai, then Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This open new page of history in the quest for ground border solution between Cambodia-Vietnam.
The Supplement Treaty is a basic document, necessary for our two countries to build a common border line on the foundation of laws and international practices on the
recognition of border line left behind by the colonialist. It is also a leading instrument in delineation and setting ground border post between our two countries. Our two sides entrusted the joint technical team with the task of delineation and setting ground border post on the spot in this September 2006 and are determined to complete there works by the end of December 2008. After setting border post at an international exit of Bavet-Mokbai, the joint commission on border affairs of our two countries will go on setting border post at other 06 international exits.
On this solemn and gracious occasion, I would like to avail myself, on behalf of the Cambodian Royal Government, the opportunity to extend my thanks to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for their help in producing all types of common ground border posts for our two countries and transporting the produced posts from production base to the setting location, agreed upon by both sides.
As your Excellencis, Lok Chhum Teavs, Ladies, Gentlemen, people are fully aware that producing and setting the border posts is a historical task. It is very important for our future young generations and constitutes a symbolic post that divides the territorial boundary and sovereignty between the Kingdom of Cambodia and Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This also in response to the aspiration of our two peoples who have been for long years waiting for it. A new historical page of hope has been open to offer our two countries a clear and permanent border. It inherits our young generations to live within a border where they carry our development without fear, a border of friendship, peace and cooperation between our two countries and peoples. We surely have a clear goal, that is, to make the border, not just areas of no-conflict but with development where people live without fear and with high and prosperous living standards.
The outstanding border post in front of us all, to be soon uncovered by His Excellency Ngieng Tan Dong and myself is an unforgettable achievement and an undeniable symbol of cooperation between the joint commissions on border affairs of our two countries. And I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the people living at both sides of the border line as well as people living all over the two countries to help safe guarding this achievements for ever.
Finally, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I would like to extend to His Excellency Ngieng Tan Dong, Prime Minister, all leaders of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Excellencies, Lok Chhum Teavs, Ladies, Gentlemen, and all people, my best wishes of good health and ever success and that we all together fulfill this important and historical task to complete delineation and setting ground border post by the end of 2008 as so aspired by our two countries.