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The Oregonian: “Ban cluster bombs, says mother of killed Marine”

Posted: Jul 21, 2010

A mother whose Marine son was killed by a bomblet from a U.S. cluster bomb in Iraq will lead a demonstration to ban the munitions on Sunday, Aug. 1.

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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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AFP: “Laos, U.S. in highest contact since war”

Posted: Jul 13, 2010

The United States and Laos pledged Tuesday to step up cooperation after their highest-level talks since the Vietnam War, the latest country in a renewed US effort to engage Southeast Asia.

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Vientiane Times: “Laos unable to clear UXO within ten years”

Posted: Jul 10, 2010

A senior government official has warned it will be impossible for Laos to clear all unexploded ordnance (UXO) contaminated land within 10 years as stipulated by a convention to which Laos is a party.

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Lao Ban Advocate Speaks at International Cluster Bomb Conference

Posted: Jun 9, 2010

Over 80 governments and 100 members of the NGO community, including Legacies of War, gathered at a global conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions from 7-9 June in Santiago, Chile to discuss and develop a plan of action for the implementation of treaty obligations.

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Human Rights Watch: “Cluster Munitions: Strong National Laws Needed”

Posted: Jun 3, 2010

Governments that join the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions should adopt strong national legislation to implement the ban agreement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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CBC Radio: “Laos’ Long Shadows of War”

Posted: May 6, 2010

Beneath the southeast Asian soil of Laos, time stands still.

Things are just as the soldiers and civilians left them when they last took shelter underground during the Vietnam era, escaping the secret war being waged on Laos by American bombers.

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The Washington Times: “Costly legacy of unexploded bombs,” by Rep. Mike Honda

Posted: Apr 30, 2010

As a public servant, I am confronted every day by serious problems without clear solutions. Once in awhile, however, I come upon a problem that actually can be fixed, if only we summon the necessary will and resources. The scourge of unexploded ordnance in Laos – remnants of a war that ended decades ago but still kills innocent civilians – is just such a problem.

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