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Checkpoints being built on borders with Laos and Thailand

Checkpoints being built on borders with Laos and Thailand

Cambodia is constructing 16 border checkpoints along the Cambodia-Thailand-Lao PDR border areas in Preah Vihear, Pursat and Oddar Meanchey provinces to maintain order and security, said the Ministry of Interior.

Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told The Post on Monday the construction is being financed by the State budget.

“We construct them because old checkpoints have been damaged and the government has provided a budget to build border guard checkpoints gradually every year in provinces along the borders,” he said.

Sopheak called the border stations model checkpoint and compared them to the construction of commune halls in other provinces.

The ministry’s Border Police Department director Wu Hak said on Monday construction was underway.

“I inspected a border construction team on Friday and the team was working hard to complete the construction before the rainy season. I can ensure the quality of construction,” he said.

Two checkpoints are at the Pursat border, 10 in Preah Vihear, and and four in Oddar Meanchey. Each is guarded by army border units.

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