Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government is committed to putting an end to border disputes between Cambodia and Laos by asking for France’s assistance.
Mr Hun Sen began a two-day official visit to Vientiane yesterday to boost the two countries’ ties, and to resolve disputed border issues.
After signing an agreement on education, culture cooperation and purchase of electricity with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Mr Hun Sen urged both foreign ministers to complete drafting technical border issues and to forward it to France, asking for maps and relevant documents.
“[We] continue to ask France to provide us relevant documents related to the Cambodia-Lao border where 16 percent remains disputed,” Mr Hun Sen said. “We have agreed with the Prime Minister that we should put an end to our border issues as soon as possible”.
He added both countries have agreed on three conditions, including no troops being stationed at Ou’ Ta Ngav disputed area, no patrolling and no people doing business there.
“I think my visit will continue to boost the ties of our countries,” Mr Hun Sen said.
In August 2017, Lao troops invaded Ou’ Alai and Ou’Ta Ngav areas in Stung Treng province’s Siem Pang district during a dispute about the construction of a road near the border.
In response, Mr Hun Sen ordered thousands of troops to be deployed to the border while giving an ultimatum to Laos to pull out its forces from within six days.
A day later, he flew to Vientiane to talk with Mr Thongloun, after which Laos agreed to withdraw its troops.
Mr Hun Sen added that justice ministers of both countries will work together to exchange prisoners.
Mr Thongloun said that Mr Hun Sen’s visit will continue to strengthen both countries’ cooperation and relations.
“Border issues between the two countries are now calm and we have agreed to find a solution,” he said.