For a borderline of peace, stability, co-operation and sustainable development

Wednesday, 2016-03-16 06:08:18
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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong at border marker no. 460 on July 9, 2013.
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NDO – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong attend a ceremony in Hanoi on March 16 to mark the completion of a project increasing and upgrading border markers along the Vietnam-Laos shared boundary.

The event is of special significance in terms of politics, defence and security and socio-economic development in the border region in particular and between the two countries as a whole. It recognises the efforts and outcomes of both sides in dealing with issues of the shared border, which in turn will create a legal base to enhance the effectiveness of border management work in the current situation for a border of peace, stability, co-operation and sustainable development, meeting the aspirations of the two Parties, States and their people and practically contributing to strengthening traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between Vietnam and Laos.

In the new era of integration and development, Vietnam and Laos continue to foster and develop traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the two countries extensively, practically and effectively in all areas. The ceremony marking the completion of the project to increase and upgrade border markers is a vivid manifestation of those efforts. Contributing to the bilateral traditional ties of the two nations, the marker planting forces worked closely with each other, overcoming rugged topography and severe weather conditions to fulfill the assigned tasks, with wholehearted support from the ethnic minority groups living in the shared border area.

Specifically, from 2008 to July 2013, the two sides finalised the installation of 834 border markers in 792 locations, while planting an additional 29 stakes in 27 positions. Since then, the Vietnam-Laos Joint Committee for Border Marker Planting coordinated closely with relevant agencies and the Lao side to deal with the remaining work and arising problems during the process of implementing the project, including constructing 139 additional stakes in 86 positions, increasing the total number of markers and stakes planted along the entire shared border to 1,002 in 905 positions. The committee also completed measurement work to supplement approximately 1,000 kilometres of newly-built border patrol roads on the digital map of the Vietnam-Laos borderline with a ratio 1/50,000, while dealing with nearly 70 violations during construction of border patrol roads.

With a high spirit of responsibility, the joint committee conducted the work in an extremely careful fashion. As many as 59 meetings at all levels were held, along with nearly 100 bilateral intersectoral delegations sent to marker areas and thousands of meetings of the joint committee’s planting teams, aiming to exchange and devise plans and measures to implement each category of the project; establish legal records of the markers and put the outcomes of field marker installation and upgrade on the digital map of the Vietnam-Laos shared boundary. At the summary ceremony, representatives of the two countries’ governments will sign two documents, including the Protocol on Border Demarcation and Marker Planting and an agreement on border and border gate management regulations, marking the successful completion of the project to increase and upgrade the system of border markers Vietnam and Laos.

The above-mentioned achievements are attributed to the thorough and close direction from leaders of the two Parties, States and governments, as well as close co-operation between ministries, sectors and localities of both countries, particularly the forces directing joining field marker planting. The completion of the project is both a common achievement and aspiration of the two Parties, States and their people, and also convincing evidence of the fine relations between the two nations of national independence and territorial sovereignty and integrity, who respect each other’s legitimate interest and co-operate for development in line with international law and the current situation. We believe that with specific and practical actions, Vietnam and Laos will unceasingly strengthen and foster their traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation for the sake of both countries’ people as well as for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and around the world.

NHAN DAN