Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Border relations a win-win pact

Border relations a win-win pact

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia's Minister of Interior Sar Kheng met Lao’s Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong last week. Ministry of Interior

Border relations a win-win pact

Cambodia's Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and Lao’s Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong signed the minutes of cooperation for 2020 in Laos and agreed to continue to work together on border issues including taking action to crack down on drug trafficking and illegal crossings.

A press release from the Ministry of Interior said the minutes were inked after Minister Sar Kheng made a three-day visit to Vientiane from March 4.

The press release said the two ministries appreciated the successes achieved last year, which were due to the effective implementation of the notes from the previous meeting.

These included the reciprocal visits of bordering provincial authority delegates, entity delegation, human resource training and crime crackdown cooperation along the borders, especially regarding drug-related offenses.

“Both sides noted and appreciated the close cooperation between the provincial authorities and the competent forces of the bordering provinces between the two countries in maintaining a peaceful environment.

“This communality contributes to favourable conditions for the social development of the nation and mutually benefits improved livelihoods for the people of Laos and Cambodia,” it said.

The Ministry of Interior also noted that the two sides signed the minutes of cooperation for 2020, which cemented further action on a number of important tasks.

These included urging provincial authorities to ease cross-border access for citizens and allow mutual trade to serve the needs of people living in the border areas.

It said finding a solution for the issues in a timely, peaceful and understanding manner was a priority to ensure continued development in the area.

It said, “Both sides will also continue to cooperate in taking firm measures to prevent and curb drug-related crimes, especially in border crossing cases.

“We will continue to exchange information and experiences on drug offenses in order to establish drug-free villages and schools along the border.”

The ministry said the two sides will also continue to push for stricter measures to prevent and suppress illegal border crossings as well as improving borderline management.

It added that it will continue to address the principles of mutual independence, sovereignty and respect.


  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Courts’ decisions now published as reference source

    The Ministry of Justice has published 44 verdicts from civil litigation cases which can be used as models for court precedents and for study by the public and those who work in pertinent fields. Publication of the verdicts on December 31 came as the result of joint

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • China firm to develop Mondulkiri airport

    Tourism to the Kingdom’s northeast corridor could experience a remarkable metamorphosis after the government decided in principle of a Chinese company to study and develop a proposal to build a regional-level airport in Mondulkiri province, according to industry insiders. The Council of Ministers said

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the