FOR MIN CALLS VIETNAMESE AMBASSADOR TO DISCUSS MONTAGNARD


AGI

Rome, Italy, April 13 - The oppression of the Vietnamese Montagnard Christian minority was taken to hear by Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini: on his order, the Foreign Ministry today called the Vietnamese ambassador, Thu Le Vinh, to speak about the worries of the Italian government for the situation of Vietnamese minorities in the central part of the country, normally called Montagnard, and to ask that their rights be respected, including the freedom of religion. At the same time, the Italian ambassador in Vietnam was ordered to make official steps in Hanoi, in order to guarantee free access to the area, in order to allow international monitoring of the situation. Moreover, the Italian ambassador at Phnom Penh will invite Cambodian authorities to not block entrance of possible Vietnamese Montagnard refugees if they cross the borders.