Laos and Cambodia to Increase Defense Cooperation

Laos Cambodia Defence Ministers Meeting

Laos and Cambodia have pledged to boost security and stability between the two countries, and prevent military confrontations along their shared border.

Cambodian Defense Minister General Tea Banh made an official visit to Laos this week, and was received by Lao Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath.

During talks, the two ministers vowed to bring unity and cooperation between the two countries and their respective armed forces. A special mention was made of the border area in Stung Treng Province in Cambodia, and Attapeu Province in Laos, where Cambodian troops were mobilized last year after a misunderstanding led to military tensions.

A disagreement over roads being built in border areas ignited the military flare-up, which culminated in peace talks between the prime ministers of Laos and Cambodia on August 12 last year.

Now, the two countries’ militaries  are looking forward to closer ties and peaceful resolution of any further disputes.

Official demarcation between the two nations has not yet been fully completed, and tiffs over border locations have been common in the past. 

Source: Kongthap Pasason Lao
Photo: Khmer Times