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Laos prioritises border issues

(9 December 2014)

Representatives from Laos and Cambodia met on 3 December 2014 to examine disputes along their shared border, Laotian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith reported. At the meeting, delegates examined locations where the Joint Boundary Commission technical survey teams had been unable to reach agreement. Saleumxay, who is also the Chairman of the Lao- Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission, noted that the entrance of both countries into the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 made resolution of border issues a priority.

The meeting with Cambodia followed a late November 2014 meeting between Laotian delegates and Thai representatives to assess the progress of boundary demarcation along the border between the two countries. Boundary demarcation on the Laos-Thailand border has been underway since 1996, and 2013 reports from the Thai government determined that 676 km of the 736 km of shared border have been demarcated. Land boundary demarcation is expected to finish in 2015 and river boundary demarcation in 2017.

Sources

Laos seeks speedy resolution to border demarcation, 29 November 2014, Bangkok Post, link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/446054/laos-seeks-speedy-resolution-to-border-demarcation

Laos, Cambodia officials meet to resolve boundary demarcation divergence, 4 December 2014, Xinhua News Agency, http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141204/laos-cambodia-officials-meet-resolve-boundary-demarcation-di