Cambodia, Laos reach deal over border

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Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at a press conference on Friday at the Peace Palace. KT/Ven Rathavong

Cambodia and Laos have agreed on ways of resolving the remaining issues along the border between both countries and will write a joint letter to the French president asking for maps of the area.

After a closed door meeting lasting more than two hours between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the Peace Palace on Friday, Mr Hun Sen told a joint press conference that the meeting was a step towards ending the remaining issues along the border.

The prime minister added that both sides agreed to four points to find a solution to the border issue. Representatives of both sides will also go to the disputed area to check the facts.

Mr Hun Sen added that the Foreign Affair Ministers of both countries would hold a meeting in Phnom Penh in the next few days to discuss the border and demarcation.

He said the Lao premier agreed to his request after his August 2 letter. Mr Sisoulith agreed to resolve border issues at border posts 033, 017, 032 and in the O’Svay zone.

“For the third point, both sides agreed to allow the joint border committee to go to resolve the remaining issue at O’Tangav zone,” he said.

“According to the agreement, we have to check which part belongs to Cambodia and Laos. We need to check clearly,” he said, adding that the installation of border posts will be done immediately at the scene after finding the correct points.

He added that both prime ministers would write letters to the French president to ask for experts to produce maps scaled at 1:100,000 to 1:50,000 to help with demarcation.

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“We will also request all other documents related to the border between Cambodia and Laos from France,” Mr Hun Sen said.

Last month, Mr Hun Sen went to Vientiane to talk with his counterpart over Lao troops being in Cambodian territory. About 30 Lao soldiers had crossed the border into Cambodia at the O’Tangav and nearby O’Alay areas in Stung Treng province, so Mr. Hun Sen ordered his troops to go there.

One day later, Laos agreed to withdraw its troops from the disputed border area in Stung Treng province in Cambodia.

A few days later after negotiations, Mr Hun Sen visited troops in Stung Treng province along the border with Laos, where he announced the creation of a new brigade following tensions between the countries.

Mr. Sisoulith said in the joint press conference that he agreed with what Mr Hun Sen said.

“I think that the personal relationship between me and Samdech Hun Sen as well as family relationships makes it easy to resolve the problems,” he said, adding that both men were waiting for the results of a meeting of both foreign ministers.

He added that the resolution will be based on their relationship and equality and that no one will lose. Both sides pledged to keep the peace and security along the border.

At present, 121 of 145 border posts have been installed along the 533-kilometre border, meaning that 83 percent of the demarcation has been completed.

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