Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Vietnam - Party chief wraps up Cambodia visit

(CAAI News Media)

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh wrapped up his official friendly visit to Cambodia on Dec. 19.

Before leaving the neighbouring country, the party chief met with the staff of the Vietnamese Consulate General and representatives of the overseas Vietnamese community in Preah Sihanouk province.

Manh and his entourage also laid a floral tribute to Vietnamese war fallen combatants at a monument in Preah Sihanouk province and visited the Sihanoukville international seaport.

The same day, Vietnam and Cambodia issued a joint statement, agreeing to intensify cooperation in various fields.

The two sides placed importance on their economic cooperation, applauding the signing of cooperative agreements in aviation, rubber tree planting, electricity and petroleum.

They agreed to intensify cooperation in combating cross-border crimes and illegal immigration, reaffirming their policies of not allowing any reactionary force to use one’s territory to threaten security of the other.

The two countries will continue working together in searching, exhuming and repatriating remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who fell in Cambodia.

Both sides are determined to complete the land border demarcation and the planting of border markers by the end of 2012 so as to build the shared borderline into the one of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development.

The two countries pledged to further work closely together to raise the awareness of inhabitants in border areas on the agreements and regulations relating to the common borderline.

They reached a consensus on continuously providing favourable conditions and equal treatments for Vietnamese and Cambodian expatriates as well as foreign expatriates living in their countries.

Vietnam and Cambodia agreed to enhance close cooperation with Laos and other countries in developing the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Development Triangle into an area of peace, security and prosperity.

They also agreed to boost bilateral cooperation and cooperation with other partners within the framework of the Greater Mekong Sub-region cooperation and development for environmental protection and rational use of the water resource of the Mekong river.

The two countries pledged to continue to join efforts of other regional countries in making Southeast Asia a region of peace, cooperation, and prosperous development, and increase coordination at other regional and international forums.

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