The Thai-Lao Joint Boundary Committee held its ninth meeting in Bangkok on August 15, with the aim to settle the two countries’ existing border demarcation issues, particularly the boundary line on the Mekong River.

The meeting was chaired by Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith, during which the host proposed the participation of a third party in dealing with these issues.

The committee was established in 1996 to solve border-related issues and demarcate the boundary between the two sides. They have so far completed the demarcation of 676km, about 96 percent of the total land border line.

Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting, the Thai FM said that both sides have agreed to complete the border demarcation on land by 2015 and on river by 2017.

Thongloun said that the clear border demarcation will help better mutual understanding between the two nations.

The two sides would have to study evidence on boundary and ask for technical assistance from a neutral agency or a third party.

The International Boundaries Research Unit and the International Court are in their consideration.-VNA