Rivers of peace and rivers of conflict

A view of the Mekong River bordering Thailand and Laos, as seen from the Thai side in Nong Khai.PHOTO: REUTERS

There are two kinds of rivers in the world: national and international.

An international river is one that flows through the territory of more than one country. Instead of "international river", the United Nations uses the term "international watercourse", which is broader and includes all interconnected waters, including rivers, tributaries, lakes, glaciers and underground aquifers.

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