Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday urged Lao Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Thongchanh Manixay to look into the possibility of enhancing security cooperation for both countries.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Interior Ministry spokesman Phat Sophanith said that during the discussion, Mr Kheng emphasised the recent mobilisation of troops to the disputed areas in Preah Vihear, noting that the prime ministers of both countries had addressed the issue in a peaceful manner.
“Although there were many problems between Cambodia and Laos in the past, I would like to applaud both leaders who have maintained good purpose and willingness in addressing those problems based on the principle of peace and friendship,” he quoted Mr Kheng as saying.
Mr Sophanith noted that Mr Kheng asked Mr Manixay to look into the possibility where polices of both nations could improve cooperation, pointing out that the exchange of experience is a good move.
“Mr Kheng called on the Lao Home Affairs Ministry to enhance and strengthen cooperation with Cambodian police through the exchange of experience, skill, and techniques being used in preserving security, and public order for their people,” he said.
Mr Sophanith also noted that Mr Manixay pledged to cooperate with Cambodia and continue to resolve other remaining problems in order to strengthen relations between both countries.
“Mr Manixay said he will work with Cambodia closely to enhance cooperation and prevent cross border crimes, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and ensure peace and safety for citizens of both countries,” he said.
In September, Prime Minister Hun Sen reached an agreement with his Lao counterpart to have a treaty drafted officially recognising the 86 percent of the border, which has thus far been demarcated.
Mr Hun Sen, who hailed the meeting with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith at that time as a “historic event”, had said both nations also agreed to conduct studies on the remaining 14 percent of their common border left to be demarcated.
The two leaders also discussed the ongoing border disputes, which led to the mobilisation of troops to the disputed areas in August. It was the second time Lao troops crossed over the Kingdom in less than five years.