Vietnam, Cambodia step up coordination in building shared border
|The 11th meeting on cooperation and development between border provinces of Vietnam and Cambodia was held in the form of teleconference. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
The consensus was reach at the 11th meeting on cooperation and development between border provinces of Vietnam and Cambodia on October 28, VietnamPlus reported.
Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng co-chaired the event that was held in the form of videoconference.
The two sides shared the view that despite impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam and Cambodia have maintained the development momentum of bilateral ties. It is worthy of note that they have coordinated and supported each other in the pandemic combat in a timely and effective manner.
|Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at the meeting. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
Remarkable achievements have been recorded in cooperation between central agencies and local authorities of Vietnamese and Cambodian border provinces over the past time, particularly in land border demarcation and marker planting, border and border gate management, and protecting security and order in border areas, they said.
They also highlighted collaboration between organisations and people-to-people exchanges between the border localities.
The two sides agreed to further raise the efficiency of coordination in responding to Covid-19, and were resolved to maintain the bilateral trade growth.
The 12th meeting is scheduled to be held in Vietnam next year.
According to Vietnam Law&Legal Forum, Vietnam and Cambodia in December 2020 exchanged the documents ratifying the “Supplementary Treaty to the 1985 Treaty on the Delimitation of National Boundaries and the 2005 Supplementary Treaty”, also known as the 2019 Supplementary Treaty, and the protocol on land border demarcation and marker planting.
With the exchange of the ratification documents, the 2019 Supplementary Treaty and the protocol on land border demarcation and marker planting, which recognized the result of the Vietnam-Cambodia land border demarcation and marker planting, about 84 percent of the total workload, officially took effect from December 22, 2020.
|Border marker 313 along the Vietnam-Cambodia borderline. Photo: VNA|
The 2019 Supplementary Treaty and the protocol’s entry into force is considered a big success of both countries as they hold great significance during more than 36 years of handling land border-related issues between the two countries, helping to lift bilateral relations to a new height and reflecting the motto of “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, and long-term sustainability” as agreed on by their senior leaders.
That these two legal documents came into force demonstrates the resolve, goodwill, and efforts by both Vietnam and Cambodia in jointly dealing with common border issues.
The 2019 documents, along with the 1985 Treaty on the Delimitation of National Boundaries and the 2005 Supplementary Treaty, will serve as the fundamental legal framework for the management, protection, and development of the Vietnam-Cambodia land border in the new context, thereby firmly safeguarding security, defense, and social order and safety in border areas and helping to foster development cooperation, friendship exchange, and improvement of local living standards.
This will provide the basis for building the Vietnam-Cambodia land border into a border of peace, stability, cooperation, and sustainable development, thus contributing to the reinforcement of ASEAN’s solidarity and the promotion of the bloc’s prestige and stature in the world./.
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