Laos, Cambodia officials meet to resolve boundary demarcation divergence

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-12-4 13:37:31

Delegates from Laos and Cambodia have held an extraordinary meeting in an attempt to resolve outstanding issues related to their shared border, state-run media Vientiane Times reported Thursday.

The meeting was held on Wednesday to examine demarcations where technical survey teams from both sides had been unable to reach agreement on location of border points in accordance with the 6th Meeting of the countries'Joint Boundary Commission.

Laos'Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Lao- Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission Saleumxay Kommasith said peacefully and amicably resolving outstanding border issues was a national priority, particularly in light of increasing regional integration. "The two countries will enter into the Asean Economic Community( AEC) at the end of next year, which will bring enormous economic opportunities, facilitate the flow of people and improve the living standards of the people,"Saleumxay was quoted as saying.

He said that while managing border affairs touched on sensitive issues and required time and precision, all problems would be solved with patience and honesty.

He thanked his counterpart, chairman of the Cambodian-Lao Joint Commission and leader of the delegation Var Kim Hong, for sharing his extensive experience in border affairs and diplomacy.

The First Meeting of the Lao-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission was held in November 1995.

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