Cambodia to host GBC meeting this week

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Defence Minister Tea Banh will attend the meeting. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodia will host the 14th General Border Committee Meeting, which mainly focuses on security along the border with Thailand, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Defence Minister Tea Banh and his Thai counterpart Prawit Wongsuwon will attend the meeting, aimed at strengthening ties and development along the borders.

Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Socheat yesterday said that the GBC meeting will enhance the relations of both countries’ armies to maintain peace and stability along the borders.

“The GBC meeting main focus is on cooperation between the two countries’ troops in order to maintain peace, security and public order along the borders and development for people who are living at the borders,” Gen Socheat said.

Last year, the Defence Ministry released an annual report which stated that Royal Cambodian Armed Forces prevented and cracked down on 5,193 border crimes.

It noted that there were 2,497 crimes along the Cambodian-Thai border and 1,250 and 1,445 crimes along the Vietnamese and Lao borders.

“RCAF redoubled its efforts to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation in all areas along the border,” Gen Sucheat said at the time, adding that soldiers keep patrolling the borders to seek out transnational crimes.

Last year, Ouch Borith, secretary of state with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said during the ministry’s annual meeting that the ministry was still thoroughly cooperating with the Border Committee to demarcate border posts with neighbouring countries.

He noted that Cambodia and Vietnam have resolved some border disputes.

“Both parties have demarcated 314 of 375 posts, and 16 percent is still being negotiated,” he said.

He added the ministry has been cooperating with the Cambodia Border Committee to define border lines with neighbouring countries using the so-called Bonne map, which was made by France during the colonial period.

Mr Borith said 121 of 145 border posts with Laos have been demarcated as have 70 of 73 posts with Thailand.

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