U.S, VN step up cooperation in handling AO/dioxin consequences
15:19 | 19/07/2019

VGP - Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh in Ha Noi on July 18 received Michael Greene, USAID’s Mission Director for Viet Nam. 

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh  receives Michael Greene, USAID’s Mission Director for Viet Nam, Ha Noi, July 18, 2019

At the reception, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh called for more coordination from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in dealing with consequences of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin.

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh who is also Chief of the Standing Agency of the National Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences (Office 701), suggested identifying technologies to treat dioxin-contaminated soil as well as solutions to ease dioxin’s effects on humans during the implementation of the project.

The agency partners with Viet Nam’s Air Defence - Air Force Service - the investor of the project on dioxin contamination remediation at Bien Hoa Airport - to complete the dossier of the project and submit it to the ministry for approval, he added.

Mr. Vinh asked USAID and the Air Defence - Air Force Service to make studies and plans to ensure that dioxin does not spread outside the controlled area, thus preventing pollution and creating safe environment for people.

Regarding activities to support Vietnamese disabled people living in areas contaminated with dioxin, Vinhasked USAID and Office 701, and the National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment, to enhance coordination to negotiate and sign a non-refundable aid agreement, which will serve as a foundation for building documents of the project.

 By Vien Nhu

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