The Thailand-Cambodia General Border Committee (GBC) has reached an agreement to enhance mutual border security and economic deals without taking border issues as disputes (Photo: VNA)
 
Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The Thailand-Cambodia General Border Committee (GBC) has reached an agreement to enhance mutual border security and economic deals without taking border issues as disputes.

Spokesman for Thailand’s Ministry of Defence Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich said the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan led government and military officials to attend the 14th Thailand-Cambodia GBC session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on February 13-14.

During this visit, Gen. Prawit met with his Cambodian counterpart, Gen. Tea Banh. The two sides praised the development in the Thailand-Cambodia relations and tight cooperation between both governments and armed forces.

Both sides have agreed to enhance cooperation between the armed forces on land and maritime security, with regular joint military chief meetings to be held annually, and to promote areas that are used to be battlefields to become mutual development areas, especially at Chanthaburi and Trat - Pursat, Pailin, and Battambang borders, where regional border committees will be established to facilitate further talks regarding developments for mutual benefits.

Gen. Prawit and his Cambodian counterpart then chaired the 14th GBC meeting, which emphasised on social and economic development at border areas as a way to promote security and stability, without taking border issues as a dispute between both countries, and to take peaceful actions when conflicts arise.

The committee has agreed on the extension of cooperation on security and orderliness maintaining at border areas, the development of new mechanisms at bilateral and multilateral levels, and the expedition of Thailand-Cambodia railroad construction and the upgrade of border crossings in Ubon Ratchathani, Trat, Buriram, and Sa Kaeo.

The Thai and Cambodian officials have agreed on the enhancement of cooperation with other neighboring countries to suppress drug manufacturing and distribution rings, international crimes, and criminals at large.-NNT/VNA