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Laos, Vietnam push for progress in border demarcation
Publication Date : 06-07-2012
Laos and Vietnam have identified 787 locations for border markers, equal to 94 per cent of the total, with 658 markers having been installed so far.
Starting in 2008, the project aims to install more than 800 additional border markers along the common border between Laos and Vietnam to more clearly define the boundary.
The latest figures on border marker installation were released at a meeting between the border committees of the two countries held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 28-30.
Lao National Border Committee Office Head, Phoukhao Phommavong, led the Lao delegation attending the meeting, at which the two sides discussed and reviewed the progress of the project.
The two sides have agreed to accelerate the progress of the project and try to complete installation of the markers by the end of this year.
The whole project is expected to be finished in 2014, including drawing up legislation related to the border.
The two sides have overcome challenges caused by unfavourable weather conditions and the large gaps separating each marker.
Officials from both countries said they highly valued the achievements made in border demarcation in the past years.
In the year since the previous meeting of border officials in June last year, the two sides have defined 135 sites for border markers and have installed 169 markers.
Laos and Vietnam have a shared border of more than 2,000 kilometres running north to south.
The demarcation project aims to contribute towards building a shared border of peace, friendship and sustainable development, facilitating trade and investment and enhancing the cooperative relations and special solidarity between Laos and Vietnam.