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Lao, Cambodian PMs agree to withdraw troops to reduce tensions on border

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen agreed on Saturday morning to withdraw troops to reduce tensions along the border between the two countries, according to Laos' Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prime Minister Thongloun warmly welcomed Prime Minister Hun Sen when he arrived in Vientiane on Saturday morning on an urgent visit to discuss tensions on the border between Attapeu province of Laos and Stung Treng province of Cambodia.

Both premiers agreed to withdraw their troops and to allow border committees, including representatives of the foreign ministries of Laos and Cambodia, to meet for negotiations to resolve the problem along the border while also aiming to gain the confidence of the people of both countries.

Prime Minister Thongloun said he and the prime minister of the neighbouring country could discuss and solve all problems affecting both sides.

After the discussions, we will pay attention to solving the problems together, and not allow any violence to occur in the area,” Prime Minister Thongloun said.

“I was late and missed the letter sent by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and I still have not answered it.

“However, I discussed straightforwardly and noted the friendship with Prime Minister Hun Sen, while making the condition that the tension should not lead to violence, he said.

Laos also announced to withdraw all involved sectors out of the area where there was a problem with Cambodia by August 13, 2017 after the Cambodian Prime Ministe r Hun Sen ordered to stop the road construction into the area, he added.

Cambodia too will withdraw its troops from the area to normalise the situation and ensure confidence among local people of both countries.

Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed on this issue during a joint news conference with Prime Minister Thongloun. He also mentioned that Laos had missed the letter he had sent and he then flew to Laos urgently to find out the reason for the tension between the two friendly countries.

The situation on the border between Laos and Cambodia can be handled with the understanding of the people of both counties to ensure peace, he said.



By Souknilundon Southivongnorath
(Latest Update August 14, 2017)

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