VN, U.S. join hands to address war aftermaths
15:42 | 18/10/2017

VGP - The Ministry of National Defense on October 17 held a working session with a delegation of U.S. congressmen on the settlement of war consequences in Viet Nam.

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The two sides discussed a number of issues, including the treatment of toxic/dioxin contamination at Da Nang Airport and agreed to conduct cooperation activities to support Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims and to search for remains of US and Vietnamese servicemen missing in action during the war. 

The Vietnamese side suggested the U.S. congress and government continue providing non-refundable ODA capital for detoxification at toxic/dioxin hotspots, including Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airports, and clearance of unexploded mines and bombs.

The Ministry of National Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have coordinated to decontaminate about 90,000 cubic meters of land at the Da Nang airport. Funding for the project included US$100 million from the US government’s non-refundable ODA and US$2.7 million from the Vietnamese government.

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific under the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ted Yoho affirmed that the U.S. Government attaches importance to cooperating with Viet Nam in addressing issues related to war consequences. 

By Thuy Dung

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