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Laos' and Thailand's security officials agreed to
boost cooperation in maintaining peace along their common borders by deploying joint-armed forces to closely patrol the borders.
Brigadier General Bouasieng
Champaphanh, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Lao Armed Forces,
speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Joint Lao-Thai
Sub-Committee on Border Security, said that in the 17th meeting of the
Sub-Committee's Secretariat hosted by Laos recently in Vientiane, the
two sides placed special importance on the need to tighten security measures along their common borders to enhance
the effectiveness of their border protection in all aspects.
They agreed, among other things, on
the need to cooperate with each other to intervene and address different issues
that affect the safekeeping and security along all Lao-Thai borders.
Particularly, armed forces of both countries will carry out patrols both on land
and on the river, aiming to interrupt all activities of those who seek to
destroy the two nations' relationships, to address the issue of people with dual
citizenship living along their common borders, to cooperate in drug controlling
and enforcement, to coordinate and exchange information on security matters as
well as addressing the issue of illegal immigrants.
However, both Lao and Thai
authorities admitted that it is not easy for them to reach their set goal when
it comes to implementing their agreements. The fact that their borders stretch over
1,800 kilometers long makes it difficult for them to thoroughly patrol the
borders or inspect every border activity, especially now that criminal activities
have become increasingly prevalent, be it drug smuggling and trafficking,
illicit lumber trade, trafficking in prohibited wild species, smuggling of illegal
goods as well as labor trafficking.
Songrit Pongern reported from
Bangkok on June 03, 2009.
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