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PRESS RELEASE: Secretary Hillary Clinton to Make Historic Visit to Laos

Posted: Jul 6, 2012

On Wednesday, July 11, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Vientiane, Lao PDR, marking the first time that an active U.S. Secretary of State has visited the country since 1955.

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PRESS RELEASE: Members of Congress, Diplomatic Corps Join Legacies of War to Celebrate New Hope for Laos

Posted: Jun 18, 2012

Legacies of War is celebrating its recent education and advocacy successes — above all, the recent U.S. Senate appropriations report language recommending a record $10 million for unexploded ordnance (UXO) programs in Laos in 2013. “The Congress recognizes the responsibility to help clear UXO in areas where such ordnance was caused by the U.S., and Laos is a tragic example of where U.S. cluster munitions continue to maim and kill civilians.”

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Media Advisory: Legacies of War Celebrates New Hope for a Bomb-Free Laos

Posted: Jun 12, 2012

Legacies of War will hold a reception on June 18th to celebrate its recent successes, above all the recent U.S. Senate appropriations report language allocating a record $10 million for unexploded ordnance (UXO) programs in Laos in 2013.

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PRESS RELEASE: Congress Appropriates $9 Million for UXO Activities in Laos for FY12

Posted: Feb 16, 2012

Legacies of War applauds Congress for appropriating $9 million for the clearance of UXO in Laos during FY12. The $9 million represents a tripling of the UXO budget for Laos since 2006 and the largest amount ever allocated, marking significant progress toward ending the deadly threat of unexploded bombs that the citizens of Laos face every day in their own soil.

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PRESS RELEASE: Former Ambassadors to Laos Call on Secretary Clinton to visit country and Increase Funding for Unexploded Bomb Removal in Laos

Posted: Jul 8, 2011

Six former United States ambassadors or chiefs of mission to Laos have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to visit Laos during her upcoming Southeast Asian trip and to commit to substantially increasing U.S. funding for the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) left behind during the Vietnam War.

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PRESS RELEASE: Decline in Casualities from Unexploded Ordnance in Laos

Posted: Jul 7, 2011

Newly released statistics from the government of the Lao PDR reveal that the number of casualties due to unexploded ordnance (UXO) dropped from an average of 300 per year to 117 per year in 2009 and 2010. The dramatic reduction follows years of sustained efforts from Laotian teams and international NGOs to combat the threat of UXO.

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Legacies Joins International Community to Celebrate Entry Into Force

Posted: Aug 3, 2010

Legacies of War joins the thousands of cluster bomb survivors in Laos and around the world to celebrate the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Convention on Cluster Munitions is the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty in more than a decade; 108 countries have signed the treaty and 38 countries have ratified it. Lao PDR, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history, and one of the first countries to sign the treaty, will host the convention’s First Meeting of State Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in November 2010.

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Former Ambassadors Send Letter to Secretary Clinton

Posted: Jul 15, 2010

Former United States ambassadors to Laos are calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to significantly increase funding for the removal of unexploded ordnance left behind in Laos during the Vietnam War. The ambassadors have endorsed the recommendation of Legacies of War, a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Laos, that the U.S. make an annual commitment of $10 million over the next ten years for unexploded bomb removal in Laos. In a letter to Secretary Clinton, the ambassadors stated that “only steady U.S. leadership and additional resources will ultimately bring this sad and unfortunate legacy of the Vietnam War to a safe and honorable conclusion.”

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