UN says Ratanakkiri governor hnhelpful over Montagnards

The governor of Ratanakkiri province is not cooperating with efforts by the U.N. to negotiate safe passage for five Montagnard asylum seekers who crossed the border from Vietnam nearly two weeks ago, a U.N. official said Thursday. Wan-Hea Lee, the country representative for the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said in an email that her office had attempted to open a line of communication with the governor, Thorng Savun, to discuss allowing the Montagnards to apply for asylum. … She added that Mr. Savun asked OHCHR to get permission from the interior and foreign affairs ministries before he would agree to a discussion. …

Aun Pheap and Chris Mueller