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Cambodia, Vietnam Elevate Cooperation in Border Area

AKP Phnom Penh, August 29, 2012 –

An international conference on building the Cambodia-Vietnam border of peace, friendship and cooperation for development was held on Tuesday in the Cambodian northeastern province of Rattanakiri.

The event, which is part of activities of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Year to mark the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic ties, was jointly organized by the National Council of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

Leaders of the two fronts presented a report on the implementation of cooperation agreements and contents of the joint communique signed between the two fronts and 10 Cambodian and 10 Vietnamese provinces at their conference in 2010 in Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh, Vietnam News Agency quoted a joint communiqué issued after the conference as saying.

Both sides have implemented the joint communique through various means, said the report, stressing that the friendly cooperation among localities along the common border plays a significant role, directly contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development between the two countries.

The border provinces have assisted each other in poverty reduction and maintaining security and social order. Two-way trade between border localities made up more than half of the two countries’ total.

Both sides also encouraged people in the border area to assist with landmark planting and demarcation task forces to soon complete the work.

The two sides have exchanged delegations at all levels, organized training and held regular exchange of expertise in work from central to grassroot levels.

In addition, they also encouraged and acted as a bridge for the two countries’ businesses and entrepreneurs to invest in socio-economic development projects with respect to each country’s laws and customs.

Both sides reached consensus on organizing the conference biennially to assess the implementation of cooperation agreements and agreed contents.

The two fronts will organize their delegations to annually examine activities of their cooperation agreements.

By SOKMOM Nimul

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