Laos, Vietnam demarcate border
- Published: 10/07/2013 at 09:33 PM
- Online news:
Laos and Vietnam have completed a 36-year project to demarcate their common borderline, they announced on Wednesday.
Their leaders celebrated the mission when the last border marker between Laos' Borikhamxay province and Nghe An province of Vietnam was placed in a high-profile ceremony attended by hundreds of officials including Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Tan Dung, reports said on Thursday.
The completion underlined the intention of their leaders to foster ties between the two countries, Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, who was in charge of the project for Laos, told the Vientiane Times.
The Vietnamese prime minister hailed the event as a ``victory'' for Vietnam and Laos.
"This is a common victory for both countries in building their border of peace, stability and cooperation for mutual development," Vietnam News quoted him as saying.
Laos and Vietnam share 2,067 kilometres of land border. The agreement signed in 1977, two years after the Lao People's Revolutionary Party took over the country, opened the way for the two nations to carry out surveys and put up border markers.
Laos has not completed the border demarcation of its 1,810km with Thailand. About 95% of the land boundary has been marked but the two countries have not touched on the border line in the Mekong and other rivers dividing them.