The Vietnamese side included representatives from the Ministry of Public Security and the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, while the Cambodian side consisted of officials from the General Department of Immigration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
Both sides said historical factors have resulted in shortcomings in the licensing of legal documents to Vietnamese Cambodians, creating conflicts with Cambodia’s current law.
The issue has caused difficulty for local authorities and hindered the community from carrying out their responsibilities to the country and protecting their legal rights.
Relevant Cambodian agencies have assessed the current conditions of local document licensing and management for over 170,000 Vietnamese Cambodians. About half of the group has completed their related legal procedures; many of them with adequate documents to prove their legal immigration have received permanent residency permits.
The Vietnamese side welcomed the Cambodian side’s policy on tackling the issue for Vietnamese Cambodians, which facilitated them to settle their life and make contribution to the host country. The work not only helped Cambodia manage local security affairs more effectively but also reflected the country’s traditional relationship with Việt Nam.
The two sides agreed that Cambodian relevant agencies should speed up the completion of legal procedures for the community in line with local law. The Vietnamese side will coordinate with Cambodia during the process. The Vietnamese Embassy and other diplomatic representatives in Cambodia will also encourage Vietnamese Cambodians to obey local regulations and quickly complete their relevant legal documents.
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