National Assembly will start supervising the lease of national defense-related
forests by border provinces to foreign companies from Sunday, local newswire
Vietnamnet quoted an official as saying on Thursday.
Binh, head of the National Assembly's National Defense and Security Standing
Committee, said they would propose solutions, if it was confirmed that ten
provinces had let foreign businesses lease protected forests in border areas for
long terms, undermining national security.
the statement in response to recent expressions of public concern that several
provinces like Nghe An and Lang Son had rented out borderland forests.
supervision was part of the committee's regular inspection of sensitive
localities in terms of balancing the interests of socio-economic development and
national defense, he told the newswire.
the committee's inspection would be launched first in the central highlands and
southeastern regions, and then the northern provinces in July.