Vietnam PM asks Cambodia to discourage anti-Vietnamese nationalism

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) receives Heng Samrin, president of the Cambodian National Assembly, in Hanoi on August 18. Photo credit: VNA Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) receives Heng Samrin, president of the Cambodian National Assembly, in Hanoi on August 18. Photo credit: VNA

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the Cambodian government on Monday to discourage the kind of anti-Vietnamese nationalism that led to this month's illegal demonstration and flag burning incident.
He made the statement while receiving Heng Samrin, president of the Cambodian National Assembly, in Hanoi.
He was referring to an incident in which Khmer Kampuchea Krom extremists conducted gathered illegally to demonstrate and burn a Vietnamese flag in Phnom Penh on August 12.
He asked the Cambodian government to take measures to prevent similar acts in the future.
Samrin said the government of Cambodia regretted the incident and said it was perpetrated by a small group of extremists who were provoked by individuals who suffer a warped sense of history.
He added that he and the Cambodian parliament were displeased with the action and have since taken strict measures to prevent similar actions from recurring in the future.
PM Dung said Vietnam will continue to work with Cambodia to further develop bilateral ties and further the interests of both peoples.
Dung told Samrin his visit marked an important milestone in the "good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and enduring long-term relationship" between the two nations, according to a brief posted on a website maintained by the government of Vietnam.
He said he was glad to see bilateral ties thriving in all areas and confirmed that Vietnam always strives to cooperate with Cambodia in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the ASEAN bloc.
The Prime Minister urged the Cambodian speaker and parliament to continue their support for a land planning and demarcation project between the two countries in order to complete the process soon.
He expressed his wish that the Cambodian parliament help resolve the legal status of the Vietnamese community in Cambodia and help them assimilate into Cambodian society.
Dung asked the Cambodian parliament to continue to support Vietnam in searching for and repatriating the remains of roughly 5,000 Vietnamese soldiers lost in Cambodia.
For his part, Samrin said Cambodia always seeks to boost bilateral ties with Vietnam.
While affirming Vietnam is one of Cambodia's leading economic partners, he expressed his wish that Vietnam would continue to promote cooperation with Cambodia in areas of trade and investment.

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