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Vietnam, Cambodia sign historic border documents

Saturday, October 05, 2019, 15:02 GMT+7
Vietnam, Cambodia sign historic border documents
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc show legal documents on bilateral land boundary demarcation after a signing ceremony in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam and Cambodia have signed two historic documents to settle land boundary on the second day of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official visit to Vietnam.

PM Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Saturday presided over the Review Conference on Cambodia-Vietnam Land Boundary Demarcation, held in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi.

The conference concluded with the signing of two legal documents – a document to support a 1985 supplemental protocol and 2005 agreement on border demarcation, as well as a document to acknowledge the demarcations as legal documents.

The historic documents are necessary to achieve 100-percent demarcation of the bilateral borderline.

As of December 2018, 84 percent of the land boundary between Vietnam and Cambodia has been physically demarcated since works began more than 30 years ago.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sign legal documents on bilateral land boundary demarcation in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sign legal documents on bilateral land boundary demarcation in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The Southeast Asian neighbors share a land border of around 1,245 kilometers, starting from the “Indochina fork” - a border marking shared by Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, to the final point of land boundary between Vietnam’s Kien Giang Province and Cambodia’s Kampot Province.

The border snakes among ten Vietnamese provinces and nine Cambodian provinces and includes 41 pairs of border gates.

Speaking at a press conference after the documents’ signing, PM Hun Sen said the border agreements are clear evidence of the hard work that both countries have committed to finding the solution to borderline disputes, Khmer Times reported.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc show legal documents on bilateral land boundary demarcation after a signing ceremony in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc show legal documents on bilateral land boundary demarcation after a signing ceremony in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

“We must continue to solve the remaining 16 percent of the border which is yet to be demarcated,” Hun Sen was quoted as saying.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts made by both governments who have sacrificed a lot to get this task completed,” the Cambodian PM added.

Hun Sen is in Vietnam for a two-day official visit that began on Friday at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

This is PM Hun Sen’s second visit to Vietnam within one year since Cambodia formed its sixth-tenure government in September 2018.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc show maps of bilateral borderline in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc show maps of bilateral borderline in Hanoi on October 5, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Bilateral trade between the two countries surpassed US$4.7 billion in 2018 and $3 billion in the first eight months of 2019.

Vietnam is among the five largest foreign investors in Cambodia with more than 200 projects worth over $3 billion, mainly in rubber plantation, telecom, finance, banking and energy.

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