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Hanoi (VNA) – The
stability and development of Vietnam-Laos border areas will contribute to
strengthening solidarity between the two countries’ people and boosting social,
economic and cultural development in border localities, said Deputy Foreign
Minister Le Hoai Trung.



Trung, who is Chairman of the National Boundary Commission, made the remark during
an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency.



The interview came as a
conference reviewing the implementation of the master plan on increasing and
upgrading Vietnam-Laos border markers took place in Hanoi on September 19.



Asked about major points in
the settlement of Vietnam-Laos border issues, Trung said the Vietnam-Laos
borderline stretches as far as nearly 2,337km, through 10 Vietnamese and 10 Lao
provinces. On July 18, 1977, Vietnam and Laos concluded negotiations and signed
the Convention on National Border Demarcation.



Accordingly, from 1978-1987, both
sides basically completed border demarcation in the field and settled emerging
issues such as the transfer of land, people and assets in line with
international law. The results were hailed in the Supplementary Treaty to the
1976 Treaty on National Boundary Delimination signed on January 24, 1986 and the
Protocol on border demarcation in the field and border marker planting inked on
January 24, 1986 and the supplementary Protocol to the Protocol on border demarcation
in the field and border marker planting signed on October 16, 1987.



Since 1987, the two sides
have devised a digital Vietnam-Laos national map at a scale of 1:50,000, dealt
with all discrepancies in borderline, border markers and border sections,
signed the Vietnam – Laos – China and Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia border
conventions.



From 2008-2016, the two
countries partnered to implement the project on increasing and upgrading
Vietnam-Laos border markers. There are now 1,002 border markers and posts at
905 positions, which are specified in the Protocol on Vietnam – Laos borderline
and border markers signed on March 16, 2016.



Regarding main contents of
two Vietnam – Laos legal documents which took effect on September 5, 2017,
Trung said the Protocol on Vietnam – Laos borderline and border markers signed
on March 16, 2016 featured the outcomes of border demarcation and marker
planting from 1977-1987, the settlement of several demarcation differences and
the implementation of a project on increasing and upgrading Vietnam-Laos border
markers for 2008-2016.



The Agreement on Vietnam –
Laos border and border gate management regulations comprises specific
provisions regarding collaboration between the two countries’ agencies in managing
and safeguarding borderline and border markers, handling border events and
managing border gates to maintain security, social safety and order in border
areas.



According to the official, the
Vietnam – Laos border areas play a significant strategic role in the two
countries’ national defence-security and socio-economic development. Therefore,
ministries, agencies and localities should implement legal documents on border
areas signed between the two countries in order to build a Vietnam-Laos
borderline of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and sustainable
development.-VNA