The southern province of Binh Phuoc took a further step to tighten ties with its Cambodian bordering province of Kratie with a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and mechanism for a twinning relationship in the field of defence.

The MoU was signed at a meeting on March 30 between the Binh Phuoc provincial military command and the Cambodian army’s military sub-zone in Kratie.

At the signing ceremony, the two sides informed each other of the situation on the border in the past years and agreed on contents for cooperation in 2015 between the two military agencies.

The ‘twinning relationship’ mechanism is intended to encourage residents on both sides of the border to obey and follow border management regulations; to enhance cooperation in searching for and repatriating remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and military experts who died in Cambodia during wartime.

The two sides also agreed to maintain periodical meetings, exchange of information and work together to detect and deal with activities violating border management regulations or plots to destablise the border.

The two provinces promised to hold various activities to welcome Cambodia’s 62th National Day, Vietnam’s 70th National Day and the VPA’s 71th founding day.

In 2014, the border was judged as stable without any serious incidents.-VNA