Cambodia and Vietnam to complete demarcation by 2012
(23 June 2009)On 8-9 June, representatives of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee met in Siem Riep (Cambodia) to review implementation of their agreement on boundary demarcation. It was agreed that the demarcation exercise would be complete by the year 2012.
Previously the two countries planned to complete demarcation by the end of 2009, but the head of the Cambodia delegation, Senior Minister Var Kim Hong, suggested that postponing the deadline was deemed necessary as the border issues were relatively complicated. He added that 109 markers have been installed along the approximately 1,270 km long boundary dividing Cambodia and Vietnam but an additional 205 pillars still need to be placed.
Among other issues that were discussed in the Siem Riep meeting, the two delegations examined measures to speed up the demarcation process and reports indicate that Vietnam proposed training Cambodia map specialists. The joint committee will meet again in November 2009.
Sources: ‘ Vietnam-Cambodia to speed up demarcation of border area’ Thai News Service, 15 June 2009; ‘Vietnam, Cambodia speed up border demarcation’ Thai News Service, 12 June 2009; ‘Vietnam, Cambodia to complete border demarcation by 2012’ Vietnam News Brief Service, 11 June 2009; ‘Cambodia, Vietnam set year 2012 to end border demarcation’ Xinhua News Agency, 10 June 2009.