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Pledge to increase Laos defence cooperation

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Cambodia and Laos vowed to uphold peace along the border. Supplied

Cambodia and Laos yesterday vowed to maintain security, stability and avoid military confrontation along their borders.

Defence Minister General Tea Banh is currently on an official visit to Laos until tomorrow and yesterday held a meeting with Lao Minister of Defence Chansmone Chanyalat.

During the meeting, both ministers said the visit would bring unity and cooperation between the two countries and their armies. Gen Banh said the two countries must ensure cooperation along the border in Stung Treng province, where Cambodian troops were mobilised a few months ago after an incursion by Lao troops.

The disagreement over territory and roads being built along the border led to a meeting between the countries’ prime ministers and an agreement to maintain peace.

Prime Minister Hun Sen also ordered the creation of a new military brigade to patrol the disputed border area, and it was established in October.

The creation of the brigade followed the border dispute with Laos in August in which troops entered Cambodian territory.

Mr Hun Sen ordered thousands of troops to be deployed during the incident on August 11, while giving an ultimatum to Laos to withdraw its forces from Cambodian territory within six days.

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