Laos, Cambodia Enhance Border Cooperation With 387 New Border Posts Agreement

Laos, Cambodia Enhance Border Cooperation With 387 New Border Posts Agreement
Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith and Mr. Var Kimhong shakes hand after reaching an agreement (photo: Lao people's Army News)

Laos and Cambodia agreed to continue their border cooperation by deciding to install 387 more border posts last Friday at the Cambodian-Lao Joint Boundary Commission meeting in Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.

According to Lao Youth Radio, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Lao-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith led the Lao delegation, while Senior Minister and Chairman of the Cambodian-Lao Joint Boundary Commission Mr. Var Kimhong represented Cambodia at the discussion. It also saw attendance from other relevant authorities on both sides.

During the meeting, both sides agreed to address border concerns together by putting into action the bilateral agreement signed by their respective governments in February when PM Hun Sen came to Laos on an official visit.

The two delegations decided to add 387 border markers and replace the existing markers with something more durable and permanent. The new posts will be placed in critical areas, including those with curving borders and densely populated communities.

KPL reported that the technical teams of both countries will conduct a joint patrol in early May and work on the new border posts is expected to wrap up in two years.

The report also added that the outcomes of the recent meeting are expected to strengthen relations between Laos and Cambodia, in line with the aspirations of the two governments to make their common border a region of peace, friendship, and cooperation.