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Laos and Thailand have
added 15 more demarcation poles along their common land borders, raising the
total number of markers separating their land and river boundaries to 204 since
joint operations on border demarcation began in 1997.
The Lao-Thai Joint Technical Sub-Committee reported, during
its 11th meeting last week, June 4-6, in Vientiane to assess their
works, that the markers were added between May 2007 and the end of May 2009,
during which period both sides were also able to complete a survey of 679 Km
more of their common land borders, bringing the total land boundaries that have
been surveyed up until now to 93%. That means there is only 51 Km of their
common boundaries left to be surveyed and demarcated.
The demarcation project is being implemented according to an
agreement reached between the foreign ministers of the two nations, who met
earlier this year in the 15th meeting of the Lao-Thai Joint
Committee on Border Demarcation in their capacity as co-chairmen of the
committee. During the meeting that was
held in Luang Prabang, they agreed on completing all border demarcation on land
by the end of this year.
Regarding their river boundaries, of which the two neighbors
share a 1,100 Km stretch along the Mekong and Heuang rivers, both parties
agreed to relentlessly continue their joint survey and demarcation operations
so that they can reach their set goal of completing the work by 2010. But
if the past is any indication, it is
doubtful that they will be able to do so. The goal of completing border
demarcation has been elusive to the two nations twice already. They had
originally agreed to finish the job by 2003 for land border demarcation, and by
2005 for river boundaries.
The main obstacles have been conflicts over proofs,
including maps of many border areas that each party uses as references such as
the cases of the controversial Huam Kao village and three other villages,
namely Ban Savang, Ban Kang and Ban Mai, located on the border between Laos’
Sayabouly Province and Thailand’s Uttradith, that have resulted in armed
conflicts between the two countries.
Songrit Pongern reported in Lao on June 11, 2009. For more details in
Lao, listen to his report or read our Lao version. (English translation by
Buasawan Simmala and Dara Baccam)