An international conference on “Building a border of peace and friendship between Vietnam and Laos ” was held on June 26 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue .

The conference was co-chaired by President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s (VFF) Central Committee Huynh Dam and President of the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Phandouangchit Vongsa.

The conference, which is among activities to celebrate the 2012 Vietnam-Laos Year of Friendship and Solidarity, 50 years of the establishment of the Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 35 years of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty between the two countries, focused on reviewing the cooperation results after 2 years of implementing the emulation agreement of VFF Central Committee and LFNC.

Participants at the conference heard reports on the activities of the two fronts, which underlined the active communication campaigns to popularise policies and laws of the two governments and parties, as well as border treaties and regulations related to the protection of national sovereignty and building a border of peace and friendship.

The reports also highlighted the coordination between the two fronts and the local governments of provinces along the border, in strengthening the solidarity and mutual support between people in the border area, and promoting the socio-economic and cultural development in border areas.

During 2012-2014 the two sides will continue to concentrate on raising awareness of the people, particularly along the border, on promoting peace and friendship and developing traditional solidarity, special relations and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam.

The two sides will also focus on building residential areas with political stability and solidarity among ethnics groups in the localities, while stepping up socio-economic development in boundary localities, ensuring national defence and security along the shared border.

On the occasion, the LFNC presented the Lao State’s Friendship Order to the Fatherland Fronts of ten provinces of Vietnam that share the border with Laos.-VNA