Cambodia and Vietnam are determined to prevent cross-border crimes and resolve any problems peacefully based on respect for each other’s independence and sovereignty, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.
In a statement, the ministry said that the commitment was made during a visit by Interior Minister Sar Kheng and a Cambodian delegation to Ho Chi Minh city, from Friday to yesterday, for a meeting on joint cooperation in the development of provinces bordering the two countries.
“The two countries agreed to continue cooperating on managing border issues and cooperate to resolve them peacefully based on respect for each other’s independence and territorial sovereignty,” the statement said.
Both sides also signed agreements to continue cooperation to crack down on cross-border offences, especially drug and forest crimes, along illegal corridors in border provinces such as Tboung Khmum, Kratie, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri, the statement added.
Both sides also said they valued the good cooperation between both countries last year, which resulted in the prevention and cracking down of offences, training human resources and visits by officials from both sides to assist in supporting infrastructure development, technical issues and maintaining security and public order.
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay yesterday said that the visit by the high-level Cambodian officials to Vietnam shows that relations between both countries remain strong.
“It is yet another gesture to ensure that what the Vietnamese call traditional friendship or tens of thousands of years of friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia remains as strong as ever,” he said.
Nhem Sam Oeun, Ratanakkiri province deputy governor, yesterday said that the authorities always have good cooperation with officials across the border.
“We always have good relations with the Vietnamese authorities and peacefully resolve problems that happen,” he said.
He noted however that some issues remain to be solved such as illegal border crossings by Vietnamese people.
“There are still some illegal border crossings which take place in forested areas which our officials cannot control 100 percent,” Mr Sam Oeun said. “However our officials are doing their best to prevent them.”
Por Pheak, Interior Ministry chief of secretariat, and its spokesman Phat Sophanith could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Var Kimhong, Border Affairs Committee chairman, declined to comment.