Kingdom seeks Vietnam’s help to curb timber trade

Cambodia is seeking Vietnam’s help to curb timber smuggling and crack down on forestry crimes along shared borders.

National Assembly Foreign Affairs commission chairman Chheang Vun made the request to his Vietnamese counterpart during a two-day conference of parliamentarians from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport after returning from Vietnam on Monday, Mr Vun said Cambodia requested Vietnam to curb the import of illegal timber from the Kingdom.

“Our National Assembly asked our Vietnamese counterparts to do all they can to stop illegally-logged timber from entering their country,” he said. “We informed them that the Cambodian government is working hard to crack down on illegal logging, including arresting tycoons who are suspected of being involved.”

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