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Myanmar aims to complete border demarcation

(22 August 2016)

Negotiations are underway to complete the demarcation of Myanmar’s borders with India and Thailand.

Myanmar shares a border of 1318 miles with Thailand. However, despite continued efforts since 1991 when the demarcation process began, only 36 miles of the border have been demarcated. A delegation of Thai officials are set to visit Myanmar in September 2017 to discuss the undertaking and it is believed that two hundred miles of the border are in line to be demarcated in the first phase of the demarcation process.

Myanmar’s border with India is 1010 miles in length and efforts continue to erect nine milestones in the disputed 24-mile pass in the Kabaw. A joint border working group has been convened to address the disputed 24 miles and Indian officials are due to visit Myanmar in August.

On the intersection between Myanmar, India and China, just 79 miles remain to be demarcated, however this will only proceed once India and China settle their own territorial dispute according to Myanmar’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr U Kyaw Tin.

Other borders that Myanmar shares with neighbours have been demarcated for many years;

Myanmar’s border with China stretches 1348 miles, and has been demarcated since 1960. The 149-mile border with Laos has been demarcated at the Mekong River as a fixed border. The 168-mile Myanmar-Bangladesh border was demarcated at the Naf River in 1964 with inland borders further defined in 1998.


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