Vietnamese, Lao localities foster cooperation in border management

Saturday, 2017-07-15 11:31:54
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At the Lao Bao border gate in Quang Tri (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA –The central province of Quang Tri along with the two bordering Lao provinces of - Savanakhet and Salavan - have signed an agreement on cooperation in border affairs and border marker planting for 2017-2018.

The agreement was reached during talks among the leaders of the three provinces’ Steering Committees for Marker Planting, held in Gio Linh district of Quang Tri on July 14.

The three localities concurred to efficiently implement the protocol on borderline and border markers and the agreement on land border and land border gate management regulations signed by the two Governments.

They will also continue with communication activities with the aim raising public awareness of the significance of the Vietnam-Laos border, the border markers along the three provinces, and the responsibility to adhere to the relevant agreements.

The localities will share experience and information, while expanding twin relations among villages of the three provinces, and coordinating closely in enforcing the agreement on the settlement of free migration and unregistered marriage along the border.

The three provinces also agreed on certain matters related to border trade development, and the strengthening of cooperation in boosting high technology agriculture production, forest planting and the construction of wood processing factories for export.

Quang Tri shares more than 179 km of border with Savannakhet and Salavan. Over the past few years, the three provinces have engaged in close cooperation on managing and protecting the borderline, border markers and maintaining stability along their shared border.

However, the three provinces are encountering a number of problems, including illegal cross-border movements, trans-national crimes such as smuggling, human trafficking and illegal drug trade, along with the illegal aquatic exploitation in rivers along the border.

The sides have stressed the need for more effective management measures in order to effectively deal with the problems.