Border row ministers find common ground

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Sar Kheng, right, meets with his Lao counterpart yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday met his Lao counterpart, just weeks after a row between the two countries saw the Prime Minister deploy troops to the Stung Treng provincial border.

Prime Minister Hun Sen sent troops to the border after Lao soldiers were spotted in Cambodian territory. He then met his counterpart to negotiate the withdrawal of the soldiers.

Yesterday, Mr Kheng met Lao Interior Minister Khammanh Souvileuth, and the two discussed the recent row and committed to ongoing cooperation against cross-border crimes, said Phat Sophanith, Mr Kheng’s cabinet officer.

“Even though there was a border problem, the countries must continue to work hard and cooperate with each other to solve not only this problem but the problem of cross-border crime,” Mr Kheng told his counterpart, according to Mr Sophanith.

Mr Sophanith added that the meeting, which took place at Cambodia’s Interior Ministry, also addressed a road Cambodia was building near the border, which Laos disputed.

Mr Kheng noted the construction of the road had been halted to avoid unnecessary conflict.

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