|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen open the covering silk to inaugurate the new land border demarcation in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
GIA LAI (VNS) — Viet Nam and Cambodia jointly held a ceremony Saturday in Duc Co District in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai in recognition of the new border marker No.30 and the road connecting two checkpoints of the Le Thanh-O Za Dao international border gate.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen attended the ceremony, marking the third time they were present at such an event and reflecting the two Governments' determination and efforts to enforce their treaties and agreements on territorial boundaries.
PM Dung said that in recent years, the relations between Viet Nam and Cambodia have grown continuously in line with the motto of "good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive and sustainable co-operation".
The two countries have also seen important results in border demarcation and marker planting activities.
PM Dung said the event "marks the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Land Border Demarcation and Marker Planting's completion of defining and building all key markers at 10 international border gate pairs along the two countries' borderline, and its nearly 90 percent completion of border delimitation and border marker planting along the joint borderline".
The event shows the determination of the two countries' leaders and people to promptly finish the work and build a borderline of peace, friendship, co-operation and sustainable development, he said.
It will also help facilitate border management and co-operation in all fields, particularly economics, trade, investment and tourism between Gia Lai and Rattanakiri provinces and the two countries at large, he added.
Acknowledging that the two countries still have many tasks ahead of them, PM Dung asked PM Hun Sen to help direct the joint committee in order to secure the early completion of land border delimitation and marker planting in order to build a boundary of peace, stability, co-operation and sustainable development.
PM Hun Sen said, "Today's remarkable historical achievement will contribute to turn a clearly defined border area of the two countries into a region of peace, friendship, comprehensive co-operation and development, thus serving the two peoples' peaceful and prosperous lives."
The establishment of border markers in recent years has been the result of the nations' efforts to carry out measures synchronously to handle border-related issues as soon as possible.
PM Hun Sen reaffirmed that the Cambodian Government is consistent in maintaining its stance of building the shared borderline between Cambodia and Viet Nam into a clear and concrete borderline on the basis of national and international law.
It will do its utmost to work with the Vietnamese Government to turn the borderline on maps into border markers in fields, he added.
The Cambodian leader said that connectivity is a priority in the nations' policies to intensify co-operation and integration, mainly within the co-operation framework of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community, which will go into effect next year. — VNS