Ministers sign deals to bolster trust

Thailand and Cambodia have signed four new agreements focused on bolstering trust and maintaining security. Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat made the announcement after the 9th GBC meeting at Wangjuntr Golf Park in Rayong’s Wang Chan district. He said one of the four agreements concerned the spread of information. Both parties committed to promoting positive and factual information about each other to help bolster trust and respect, the minister said. The second agreement concerns the suppression of illegal activities in border areas, especially drug smuggling and logging. … The third agreement involves supporting residents living in border areas by promoting job creation, tourism, education and health care. … Both parties also agreed to endorse the results of the Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings, which aim to solve border disputes, as well as the joint agreement on landmine clearance drawn up by the Thailand and Cambodian Mine Action Centres.