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Laos, Cambodia To Discuss Border Markers

Officials from Cambodia and Laos will meet in Vientiane next week to discuss lingering border disputes and potential trade agreements.

Cambodia’s delegation, led by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, is expected to leave Tuesday. Hor Namhong will meet with his Lao counterpart, Thoungloun Sioulith.

Talks over two days will focus on “all fields, such as border issues, anti-drug smuggling, anti-terrorism, anti-cross-border crimes, trade, economy, education, tourism, investment and others,” said Koy Kuong, a spokesman for the ministry.

Cambodia and Laos have worked steadily to mark their shared borders, erecting 121 markers between 2000 and 2005. Negotiation is needed on a further 20 markers.

“We will push the Lao side to speed up the planting of the remaining border markers as soon as possible,” Koy Kuong said.