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PR Newswire: “War-torn Laos Football Team Win Major Football Trophy”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

An Under-18s football team from Laos, one of the poorest countries on Earth, have been awarded a key trophy at the world’s largest youth football tournament.

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NHK World: “Unexploded US cluster bombs causing serious problems in Vietnam, Laos”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

The foreign ministers of Japan and Laos have agreed to urge more countries to sign the treaty to ban cluster bombs. Cluster bombs scatter hundreds of smaller munitions with high killing power, and leave behind many unexploded bomblets. Many unexploded bombs dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War remain in Laos, causing serious problems. Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada ended a 2-day visit to Laos on Sunday. He told Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith that Japan attaches importance to the first meeting of signatories of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to be held in Laos in November. He said Japan will send a high-level delegation.

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BBC One: “Victoria Wood appeals on behalf of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG)”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

Victoria Wood travels to Laos and discovers how the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is working to reduce the threat of unexploded weapons in war torn communities. Most of us have heard of the Vietnam war in which the US military attempted to stop the spread of communism throughout parts of South East Asia. What’s less well known is the White House also staged a covert war in neighbouring Laos- a war so secret that even congress didn’t know. During the 9 year conflict Laos became one of the most bombed countries in history and its legacy continues to threaten the lives of the people who live there today.

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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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