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VOA: Clinton Makes Historic Visit to Laos

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Scott Stearns July 11, 2012 VIENTIANE — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped in Laos Wednesday for talks ahead of this week’s meeting of South East Asian foreign ministers. U.S. and Lao officials discussed environmental protections for the Lower Mekong Delta and lingering issues of unexploded ordinance from the Vietnam War. In talks with […]

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Reuters: In Laos, Clinton grapples with Vietnam War legacy

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Arshad Mohammed Wed Jul 11, 2012 (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton confronted a painful legacy of the Vietnam War on Wednesday when she met a man who lost his eyesight and both hands to a cluster bomb as she made the first visit to Laos by a U.S. secretary of state in nearly six decades. […]

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CNN: In Laos, Clinton’s chance to undo lethal legacy

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Channapha Khamvongsa Editor’s note: Channapha Khamvongsa is executive director of Legacies of War, an organization that seeks to address the problem of unexploded cluster bombs in Laos, to heal the wounds of war and to create greater hope for a future of peace Wed July 11, 2012 (CNN) — On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in […]

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The Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints: U.S. should commit to clear unexploded ordnance in Laos

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Elaine Russell Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 – I have traveled to Laos – a beautiful country with warm, friendly people – on five occasions in recent years and seen firsthand the human suffering and devastation inflicted by unexploded ordnance. Close to one-third of the land is littered with millions of unexploded cluster bombs and […]

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The Hill: A historic opportunity for Laos and the U.S.

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) July 10, 2012 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, today. Though her short visit to Laos may not make major headlines, her trip is actually quite remarkable – no active U.S. Secretary of State has stepped foot in Laos since 1955. […]

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The Washington Post: Clinton makes historic visit to Laos as US looks to expand its influence in China’s back yard

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

By Associated Press VIENTIANE, Laos — Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades, gauging whether a place the United States pummeled with bombs during the Vietnam War could evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia. Clinton met with the communist government’s […]

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IPS: U.S. Urged to Increase Bomb-Clearing Aid for Laos

Posted: Jul 10, 2012

By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jul 10 2012 (IPS) – Disarmament activists and former U.S. ambassadors are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to increase U.S. aid to Laos to clear millions of tonnes of unexploded ordinance (UXO) left by U.S. bombers on its territory during the Indochina War during her brief visit to the country […]

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Board Chair Brett Dakin in CSIS Asia Blog: Clinton Could End 40-Year-Old Legacy of War

Posted: Jul 9, 2012

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