Situation along borders calm, ministry says

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The Koh Kong Bridge connects Koh Kong to Pyam near the Thai border. KT/Mai Vireak

The situation along the borders with neighbouring countries is calm, although there are still some issues to be resolved, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.

In its annual report on border issues, the ministry said there are still some disputes with neighbouring countries, such as air space violations, land clearance at borders, installation of electrical poles and the deportation of Cambodian laborers accused of crossing disputed borders.

It noted that these disputes, however, did not lead to any armed confrontation.

“We are still working with neighbouring countries and boosting efforts to cooperate on maintaining peace, security and public order along the borders,” the report said.

It noted that last year Cambodia held 285 meetings with Thailand, 233 with Vietnam and ten with Laos on border issues.

In September last year, Cambodia and Laos agreed to ease tensions along the border in Stung Treng province following a 2017 invasion in Siem Pang district by Lao troops.

Lao troops entered the Ou Alai and Ou Ta Ngav areas in Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district during a dispute about the construction of a road near the border.

On August 11, 2017, Mr Hun Sen ordered thousands of troops to be deployed to the border while giving an ultimatum to Laos to withdraw its forces by August 17.

A day later, Mr Hun Sen flew to Vientiane to talk with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, after which Laos agreed to withdraw its troops.

The Interior Ministry report also said that last year the Cambodia-Thai Border Demarcation Joint Commission agreed to explore border post 71 at Koh Kong province.

Sok Touch, Royal Academy of Cambodia president, yesterday said that the governments of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to solve border issues through peace, friendship, cooperation and commerce.

“This helps bring stability to the borders and reduces the chances of armed conflict,” he said. “As we can’t isolate borders from each other, we have to work on disputes through harmony and also cooperate with neighbouring countries on preventing illegal smuggling of drugs and weapons and human trafficking.”

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