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Ministry corrects Laos-Cambodia border situation report restive

Aug 28. 2019
Photo by Vientiane Times
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By Vientiane Times
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The situation regarding military confrontation in the unsettled border area of Laos and Cambodia is fake news, according to a senior official from the National Boundary Committee Office.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, the Office’s Deputy Director General, Mr Anousine Khattiyalath, said the situation at Selamphao upstream on the Laos-Cambodia border was normal.

“I would like to confirm that the Laos-Cambodia border situation remains normal, which is different from what some domestic and foreign news outlets have reported on their social media channels,” he said.

Some local and foreign media outlets have been spreading fake news on the Laos-Cambodia border situation. They also reported that Laos and Cambodia had deployed troops at the border area known as Selamphao upstream, which is situated between Champassak province and Preah Vihear on the Cambodian side. 

Mr Anousine said this disinformation misled and damaged the image of the relationship between Laos and Cambodia, adding that Laos and Cambodia are friendly neighbouring countries and respect each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He said Laos and Cambodia had committed to address border issues through peaceful and diplomatic means. The two nations aimed to develop the Laos-Cambodia border area as a border of peace, friendship and cooperation.

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