Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Border demarcation effort sped up

Border demarcation effort sped up

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodian foreign ministry secretary of state Soeung Rathchavy speaks during a virtual meeting with her Vietnamese counterpart during the 7th Political Consultations between Cambodia and Vietnam on Thursday. FOREIGN MINISTRY

Border demarcation effort sped up

Cambodia and Vietnam have committed to expediting discussions intended to bring about a mutually acceptable solution regarding the remaining 16 per cent of the Cambodia-Vietnam border that lacks official demarcation and to strengthen coordination at the border to stop criminal offences like drugs and human trafficking, among others.

The commitment was made during a video conference between Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation secretary of state Soeung Rathchavy and Vietnamese vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung.

The October 21 video conference marked the 7th political consultations between the two countries since the fall of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime.

According to the foreign ministry’s press statement released on October 24, the two sides had discussed a wide ranges of issues related to politics as well as security, response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trade and investment, education and culture, tourism, energy, connectivity and collaboration between the two foreign ministries.

“With regard to border cooperation, both sides welcomed the official ceremony to exchange the instruments of ratification of the two important legal documents to record the completion of the 84 per cent of the land boundary demarcation and marker planting between the two countries.

“They agreed to expedite the discussions to find a mutually acceptable solution for the 16 per cent remaining of undemarcated land boundary,” the press statement said.

In August of last year, Cambodia and Vietnam formally exchanged border maps. The two countries said agreement on the border is 84 per cent complete, leaving roughly 16 per cent of the 1,270km border to be finalised and have markers put in place.

The foreign ministry said Vietnam had also expressed support for Cambodia with the latter set to host the 13th ASEM summit on November 25-26 and to take over the ASEAN chairmanship next year.

“Both countries agreed to designate the Year 2022 as “Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Year”. They also exchanged ideas on commemorative activities to jointly celebrate the milestone achievements of Cambodia-Vietnam relations,” the ministry said.

According to the press statement, bilateral trade between Cambodia and Vietnam had progressed positively despite the prolonged economic difficulties caused by the pandemic. It said the trade volume increased from $5.26 billion in 2019 to $5.33 billion in 2020, and in just seven months this year the trade volume had already reached $6.03 billion.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia to waive quarantine requirements Nov 15, no PCR test required

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to lift all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and visitors – both Cambodians and foreign nationals – effective from November 15 onward. In a special message addressed to officials and relevant authorities on November 14, Hun Sen said this policy will enable

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration