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Thailand and Malaysia have agreed to jointly construct a wall along their common border next year to combat cross-border crime and growing concerns about human trafficking.
The border between the two countries is 640 kilometers long and has long been a concern for transnational crime, including weapons and drug smuggling as well as human trafficking. In May the discovery of mass graves in jungle camps near the Malaysian border sparked international outcry, suspicions fell on the smugglers of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. Similar graces were discovered on the Thai said which received the lowest ranking in the U. S annual trafficking report this year.
The announcement that the wall will be constructed came on Monday morning when Malaysian Armed Forces Chief Zulkifli Mohd. Zin announced a pact between the two countries had been reached. In 2013 both countries proposed building their own fences for the same purpose, the new scheme will allow both countries to work together to reduce the cost. Both countries will take responsibility for border control on their respective sides of the wall.