July 24: Yangon: Myanmar will promote the implementation of agreements between China and Myanmar on border areas management and cooperation.

Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt was quoted by the Saturday’s official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar as saying that he expressed Myanmar’s aspiration to promote border area management and cooperation with China during his recent official visit to China.

Khin Nyunt said during his visit to China, he met with Chinese leaders and discussed matters on promoting cooperation in ensuring prevalence of law and order in border areas and border areas development and in the fight
against drugs.

The border has always been kept as a peaceful one contributing much towards bilateral economic developments and uplift of socio- economic lives of the local peoples at the border, he stressed.

An agreement on border areas management and cooperation between China and Myanmar was signed here in March 1997.

Four meetings between high-ranking officials of the two countries on implementation the terms of the agreement were held alternately from 1999 to 2002 in Beijing and Yangon.

Moreover, the Border Security Co-operation Agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Home Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of People’s Security came into force beginning June 17, 2002, contributing much towards the
joint control of cross-border crimes such as illegal border crossings, gambling, arm smuggling and narcotic drug trafficking.