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VN, Cambodia discuss joint water resources management

Update: June, 16/2014 - 09:07

PHNOM PENH (VNS) — Viet Nam and Cambodia will abide with principles set in a 1995 agreement on sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin while drafting regulations for joint management of water resources, officials said last Friday.

The statement came as the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Working Group, tasked with drafting regulations on joint management and use of water resources along the nations' borders, began its 10th meeting with Cambodia's National Mekong Committee and Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.

Le Duc Trung, head of the group and permanent office chief of the Viet Nam National Mekong Committee, said the meeting would discuss ways to carry its work forward on the basis of the agreement reached at the inter-governmental committee's meeting last February.

The current meeting will also examine issues in line with principles set in the 1995 Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Mekong River Basin, meeting the common interests of people in both countries, he added.

The meeting's results will be submitted to higher authorities for approval and inclusion into the drafting of an agreement on joint management and use of water resources along the Viet Nam-Cambodia border.

Attending the meeting were members of the national Mekong committees of both countries as well as officials of Cambodian provinces bordering Viet Nam. — VNS

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