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Vietnam border to be finalised by next year

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Prime Minister Hun Sen in Vietnam with a delegation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Supplied

The leaders of Cambodia and Vietnam on Saturday pledged to complete border demarcation between the countries before the end of next year.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the deal over breakfast in Vietnam’s Da Nang province on Saturday, where Mr Hun Sen and a Cambodian delegation are taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

The prime ministers vowed to expedite border post demarcation in 2018, as well as work hard to encourage peace, stability, development, trade, business and tourism along the border.

Cambodia shares a 1,270-kilometre border in the east with Vietnam. To date, about 84 percent of the border demarcation between the two countries has been completed.

Var Kimhong, senior minister and chairman of the Cambodia Border Affairs Committee, yesterday welcomed the commitment from the prime ministers.

“Both leaders are determined to finish border post demarcation in 2018,” he said, adding the work would hopefully be complete by the end of dry season.

“There are still posts to be demarcated in Ratanakkiri, Mondulkiri, Svay Rieng, Kandal and Kampot provinces.”

Mr Kimhong said the two countries are yet to agree on some of the border posts and would ask France for assistance.

“We agreed to request France’s help in demarcating the remaining border posts that we do not agree on,” he said.

Political analyst Meas Ny said the Vietnamese government seems to want to address border demarcation as soon as possible and this is a positive sign.

Mr Ny warned the government should not rush the demarcation process or risk making some mistakes.

“If we can demarcate the border posts in a way that gains consensus from Cambodians, that would be good,” Mr Ny said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Cambodia and Vietnam are committed to the border treaty between the two nations.

“Both countries’ leaders have urged the joint border committees to find ways to resolve remaining problems with demarcating posts along the border,” Mr Sounry said.

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