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Border talks with Thailand smooth

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Gen Banh meets his Thai counterpart. KT/Khem Sovannara

Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday said that talks with Thailand on the demarcation of border posts went on smoothly and there are no disputes.

Gen Banh and his Thai counterpart General Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday presided over the 14th General Border Committee meeting in Phnom Penh, which mainly focused on security along the border with Thailand.

Gen Banh told reporters after the meeting that the meeting went on smoothly and progress was made on issues related to the border between both countries.

“Technical teams from both sides are working well together and we are cooperating to solve any problems relating to the border,” he said. “We considered it as a special meeting because we reviewed our work along the border and found that we have made good progress.”

“We reviewed our work in all areas, including maritime issues, and there is good cooperation between soldiers at the border from both countries because they clearly understand their respective governments’ policies,” he added.

According to a joint statement by Gen Banh and Gen Prawit, the 14th GBC focused on enhancing good cooperation to maintain peace and security at the borders as well as strengthening relations between both countries’ armies.

It said both sides reviewed the implementation of recommendations made at the 13th GBC meeting in Bangkok such as cooperation on border crossings by labourers, preventing and cracking down on drug trafficking, promoting cooperation between the Cambodian and Thai armies and improving public health services and the livelihoods of people living along the border.

“Both parties agreed to continue to maintain peace and stability along the border between the two countries,” the joint statement added.

Cambodia has demarcated 70 out of 73 border post with Thailand, 121 of 145 with Laos and 314 of 375 posts with Vietnam.

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