Kon Tum (VNA) – The completion of increasing and upgrading border markers along the borderline between Kon Tum province and Laos’s Attapeu and Sekong provinces has created new opportunities for cooperation between the three localities as well as between Vietnam and Laos.

The Kon Tum provincial People’s Committee held a conference to review the increase and upgrade of the Vietnam-Laos border markers through the province on July 28.

Kon Tum province has the borderline of over 280km with Laos and Cambodia. The 142km borderline with Attapeu and Sekong provinces was demarcated in 1979.

The project to increase and upgrade border markers along the Vietnam-Laos borderline began in Kon Tum in 2008. After eight years, 81 border markers were planted.

At the conference, provincial officials discussed measures to protect the border marker system, build a borderline of peace, and intensify cooperation between the three localities.

Vietnam and Laos share a border of about 2,340 km that runs across 10 Vietnamese provinces: Dien Bien, Son La, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Kon Tum.

Under the project, which completed in March this year, 1,002 markers and stakes were planted along the countries’ joint border, compared to only 199 markers before 2008.-VNA