Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong co-chaired the event.
The grand border marker – No. 460 – at the Thanh Thuy-Nam On gatesignals the completion of increasing and upgrading border markers alongthe two countries’ shared boundary.
The event is ofsignificance as it contributes to ensuring border security and building aborder of peace, friendship, stability and cooperation for mutualdevelopment, creating favourable conditions for socio-economicdevelopment in the two countries and in the border region in particular.
The work manifests the mutual trust, understanding and highconsensus reached by the two countries’ Parties, States and people.
It is a vivid symbol of the traditional friendship, specialsolidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries basedon the principle of respecting either side’s independence, sovereignty,territorial integrity and legitimate interests, as well as equality andcommon benefits for the interests of the two peoples.
Speaking at the ceremony, PM Dung stressed that the Party, State andGovernment of either side have always paid attention to the increase andupgrade of border markers.
“This is a common victory gainedby the two countries in building their border of peace, stability andcooperation for mutual development,” he said.
The event hascreated favourable conditions for economic exchanges and cooperationbetween Nghe An and Bolikhamsay provinces while opening up newopportunities for economic, trade and investment links betweenbusinesses and investors of the two countries, the Vietnamese PM added.
According to the PM, the Thanh Thuy-Nam On gate is expectedto become an attractive destination for investors and tourists at homeand abroad.
PM Dung described the completion of plantingborder markers as the fruit of the Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship,special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation as well as of thefriendship and faithful comradeship between the two countries.
Sharing PM Dung’s views, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong saidthe project to increase and upgrade border markers along the twocountries’ shared border has contributed to improving living standardsand reducing poverty for people residing in the border areas.
He highly valued the efforts of the Vietnam-Laos Joint Committee onBorder Marker Planting, relevant ministries, branches, localities andborder demarcation forces in performing the task.
The PMaffirmed the resolve of the Lao Government and people to partner withthe Vietnamese Government and people in building the border of eternalfriendship, peace, stability and cooperation for mutual development.
The two PMs called for close coordination and determination tofulfil the remaining parts of the work in 2014 agreed by the twocountries’ high-ranking leaders.
Head of the Lao BorderCommittee Bun Kot Sang Som Sak briefed the ceremony on the five-yearimplementation of the project.
Along the 2,067km commonboundary, 835 border markers have been planted in 793 positions,constituting a modern and solid border marker system, he said.
In the coming time, the two sides will enhance their cooperation andpromptly build and sign legal documents such as the Protocol on BorderDemarcation and Marker Planting, the new Agreement on Border ManagementRegulations and the Vietnam-Laos Border Gates and Border GateManagement Regulations in order to complete the entire project by 2014.
Ten Vietnamese provinces, Dien Bien, Son La, Thanh Hoa, NgheAn, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and KonTum border 10 Lao provinces, Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, Houaphan,Bolikhamsay, Khammoune, Savannakhet, Salavan, Xiengkhouang, Sepon andAttapeu.
The two countries first signed a 10-year agreementon border demarcation in July 1977. During the following period, the twosides planted 214 markers in 199 positions. The successful result wasrecognised in the protocol on border demarcation and border markerplanting signed by the two neighbours in October 1987.
In 2003, the two sides completed a Vietnam-Laos border map at a scaleof 1/50,000. However, it became clear that the old marker system was nolonger suitable – the density of markers was too low. Furthermore, themarkers had degraded significantly since their planting over 20 yearsbefore.-VNA
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