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Vong Sokheng : French responsible for Viet migration, says Hun Sen [Phnom Penh Post]

[ndlr] Sortie remarquée du Premier ministre cambodgien sur les migrations de Vietnamiens au Cambodge. Article de . L’information a été reprise par une partie de la presse vietnamienne.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday he was not responsible for the presence of Vietnamese people in Cambodia, explaining that many immigrants put down roots here after the French colonial authorities brought them in to work on their rubber plantations.

A fluent speaker of Vietnamese, Hun Sen was installed in power during Vietnam’s occupation of the country in 1985 and has battled claims of subservience to the country’s historical enemy, including turning a blind eye to rampant illegal immigration.

During a speech in Tbong Khmum province, which borders Vietnam and has long had one of the country’s highest concentrations of rubber fields, Hun Sen called on younger generations to educate themselves on the history of migrations from Vietnam.

“The Vietnamese people did not come and live in Cambodia during the present time; the French brought them here,” Hun Sen said after officially unveiling a new paved road in the newest province.

Lire la suite : The Phnom Penh Post, 03/11/2016.

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Images “à la une” : Hun Sen, le Premier ministre du Cambodge © Reuters (vue sur Tuoi Tre).