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Visiting US congressman to keep pressing for AO cleanup

Update: December, 20/2012 - 09:27


HA NOI (VNS)— American congressman Eni Faleomavaega said he would continue to lobby the Congress to increase the budget to clean-up Agent Orange contamination left over from the war and to help those affected by the deadly defoliant.

The congressman was speaking to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Ha Noi yesterday.

Faleomavaega said he was also concerned about developments in East Sea disputes and said he favoured amicable solutions based on international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982.

He said he recognised the progress made by Viet Nam in securing human rights and religious freedom. He agreed there should be an impartial approach to human rights based on accurate information, culture, history, tradition and development-level factors. Prime Minister Dung said Viet Nam wanted to strengthen its partnership with the United States, which was founded firmly on respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Dung said he appreciated Faleomavaega's efforts in organising hearings at the House of Representatives about the impacts of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese environment and asked the American Government to be more active about the issue.

The Prime Minister said he wished to continue exchanges between the US Congress and Vietnamese National Assembly. — VNS

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