Long An Province on Thursday asked Cambodian authorities to tighten their control over a border area where Cambodian extremists attacked Vietnamese villagers late last month.
Do Huu Lam, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, sent a diplomatic note to Chieng Om, the governor of Cambodia’s Svay Rieng Province, following the violence that occurred at the border between the two provinces on June 28, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Around 250 Cambodians, including opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmakers, reportedly intruded deep into Long An that day.
Vietnamese locals and authorities tried to reason with the Cambodians and stop them, but some of the extremists attacked and injured seven of them.
Lam asked the governor to request Cambodian authorities to settle the incident and intensify their control over the area to prevent similar actions, which he said could affect the progress of border demarcation between the two countries and the "fine relationship" between the two provinces.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Le Hai Binh said Vietnam strongly condemned these violent acts which could jeopardize the relationship between the two countries.