Thai dredging vessels told to retreat from Lao side of the Mekong

The operators of Thai sand dredgers working in the Mekong River close to Khammuan province signed a document last week stating they would not continue to cross the border into Laos.

Deputy Head of the Khammuan provincial Administration Office, Mr Vannavong Vongphachan, told Vientiane Times on 15 March that authorities had reported that Thai sand dredging vessels had crossed the Lao border in the middle of the river.

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