August 5, 2012
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are joining today to promote a development triangle on their long common border, with modest results already visible. The impetus for the project, viewed favorably by each, was confirmed at the central province of Nghe An, about 300 kilometers from Hanoi, where meetings are being held in conjunction with foreign relations committees of the respective National Assemblies.
Representatives of the legislature, meeting in its fourth conference, are proposing the establishment of a tripartite group, to actively contribute to the aforementioned central purpose, at the level of neighboring towns.
The heads of delegations agreed to significantly enhance development of the so-called triangle for the benefit of the society, economy, national security and defense of the three countries.
At the opening of the meeting, the Deputy of the Vietnamese Parliament, Uong Chu Luu, called for the foreign relations committee monitoring the implementation of a master plan in the border areas nearby, agreed to between Hanoi, Vientiane and Phnom Penh.
The projected triangle covers an area of 114,600 square kilometers through 13 provinces adjoining the three countries where rivers matter in terms of environmental management, security and defense.
The mentioned areas have benefited through prioritization by the respective governments, through investment and assistance supplemented by international organizations, but in the opinion of Vietnamese representatives progress remains modest, and infrastructure resources continue to move slowly.
This new triangular push comes at a time in which the three nations of Indochina are paying special attention to the anniversary of establishment of mutual relations, forged especially during the years of fighting U.S. aggression.
During 2012, Vietnam and Cambodia completed the final demarcation of their border, while Vietnam and Laos who have less to mark, did likewise on various sections, in a similar effort for peace, security and stability.
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