Laos, Cambodia to set up border committee

by News Desk

VIENTIANE  (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos and Cambodia have reaffirmed their commitment to create a joint committee to solve a long-running border issue between the two countries. 

The plan was outlined during Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith’s meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Mr Prak Sokhonn in Cambodia on September 5, according to a statement from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting followed an agreement on ways to address the border issue between the two neighbours through a four-point plan made by Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during their meeting in Cambodia on September 1.

The two prime ministers agreed that Lao and Cambodian territories must be clearly defined and border markers must be installed in any area where a border is agreed upon.

According to the ministry, the two countries agreed to let the joint committee work onsite at the disputed area in Stung Treng province.

The two countries agreed to draft a letter on behalf of the Lao and Cambodian prime ministers to the French President requesting the French government, which was the former colonial ruler of Laos and Cambodia, to help in the provision of scale maps and other related documents to be used as evidence in defining the border.

Both Laos and Cambodia were colonised by France before gaining independence in the 1950s, and many border areas remain unmarked.

The two countries agreed to let the Lao border committee study the issue in O’tangav on the Cambodian side of the border, and the Cambodian border committee to inspect the issue on the Lao side of the border in Champassak province.

With reference to the map, about 20 border markers need to be installed in the Houayta-ngao area, according to a report presented when the Lao and Cambodian prime ministers gave a press conference in Cambodia.