Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen inaugurate border marker No.30 (Source: VNA)
Gia Lai (VNA) – Vietnam and Cambodia jointly held a ceremony on December 26 morning in Duc Co district of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to inaugurate their border marker No.30 and the road connecting two checkpoints of the Le Thanh-O Za Dao international border gate.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen attended the ceremony, marking the third time of their presence at such the event, and reflecting the two Governments’ determination and efforts to enforce their reached treaties and agreements on territorial boundary.

Speaking at the event, PM Dung affirmed that over the past years, the relations between Vietnam and Cambodia have grown continuously in line with the motto of “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive and sustainable cooperation”.

The two countries have also seen important results in border demarcation and marker planting activities.

“The inauguration of marker No.30 and the road connecting two checkpoints of the Le Thanh-O Za Dao international border gate, together with the inauguration of marker No.275 in the afternoon mark the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Land Border Demarcation and Marker Planting’s completion of defining and building all key markers at 10 international border gate pairs along the two countries’ borderline, and its nearly 90 percent completion of border delimitation and border marker planting along the joint borderline,” Dung said.

The event is of significance as it shows the determination of the two countries’ leaders and people to soon finish the work and build a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development, he stressed

It will also help facilitate border management and cooperation in all fields, particularly economics, trade, investment and tourism between Gia Lai and Rattanakiri provinces and the two countries at large, he added.

Acknowledging that the two countries have many things to do to complete all the important work, PM Dung asked PM Hun Sen to together direct the joint committee to continue efforts and close coordination to address existing matters towards the early completion of land border delimitation and marker planting and well control the border situation in order to build a boundary of peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development.

For his part, PM Hun Sen affirmed that “today’s remarkable historical achievement will contribute to turning a clearly defined border area of the two countries into a region of peace, friendship, comprehensive cooperation and development, thus serving the two peoples’ peaceful and prosperous lives.

The inauguration of border markers over the past years has confirmed the nations’ efforts to carry out measures synchronously to handle border-related issues as soon as possible.

He reaffirmed that the Cambodian Government is consistent in maintaining its stance of building the shared borderline between Cambodia and Vietnam into a clear and concrete borderline on the basis of national and international law.

It will do its utmost to, together with the Vietnamese Government, turn the borderline on maps into border markers in the fields, he added.

The Cambodian leader continued to say that connectivity is a priority in the nations’ policies to intensify cooperation and integration, mainly within the cooperation framework of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community which comes into effect since 2016.-VNA