Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen at the inaugural ceremony of border marker No. 275 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The inauguration of two border markers along the Vietnam-Cambodia border on December 26 demonstrated the two countries’ resolve to build a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said.

The two new border markers are No. 30 located between Vietnam’s Le Thanh border gate in Gia Lai province and Cambodia’s O Yadav border gate in Rattanakiri province and No. 275 between Vietnam’s Tinh Bien border gate in An Giang province and Cambodia’s Phnom Den border gate in Takeo province.

December 26 also saw the inauguration of the road connecting the two countries’ checkpoints at Le Thanh-O Yadav border gates.

The Deputy FM said the event continued affirming the soundness of the two countries’ ongoing border demarcation and border marker planting. It also illustrated their determination to expeditiously complete the work so as to define an accurate and fair borderline in accordance with their respective laws and international law and practice.

The Le Thanh-O Yadav border gates are positioned on an artery road linking Vietnam’s Central Highlands provinces with Cambodia’s northwestern region. The inauguration of the road between the checkpoints at the border gates will smooth the path for tourism and trade-investment activities between the countries as well as among ASEAN and Greater Mekong sub-region member nations.

The official added that the new facilities will help with the border management, exchanges, cooperation and mutual assistance in all spheres between the two nations.

He noted border demarcation and border marker planting is a bilateral work that requires active, sincere and straightforward efforts and cooperation of both sides, adding that outstanding border issues should be solved through peaceful negotiations and measures in line with international law and practice.

Deputy FM Trung stressed that much remains to be done to early complete the border demarcation and marker planting on the basis of the 1985 Treaty on the border delimitation, the supplementary treaty to the 1985 Treaty, and other related bilateral agreements.

Trung said the countries’ authorised forces should continue to make endeavours and closely collaborate to address unsolved problems and well manage border order and security in accordance with the 1983 agreement on border regulations and the 1995 joint press communiqué.

The full completion of the border demarcation and marker planting will also help settle other issues related to territory and land border, creating a foundation for solidified cooperation, the Deputy Minister stressed.-VNA