Vietnam, US step up cooperation in resolving AO/dioxin legacy

Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh on Thursday called for more coordination from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in dealing with the legacy of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin.

At a working session with Michael Greene, USAID's Mission Director for Vietnam, Mr. Vinh suggested the agency partner with Vietnam's Air Defence � Air Force Service - the investor of the project on dioxin contamination remediation at Bien Hoa Airport - complete the dossier of the project and submit it to the ministry for approval.

He 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.

Mr. Greene said that the two sides should enhance collaboration to tackle post-war UXO and toxic chemicals consequences, and improve the quality of life of people living with disabilities, towards deepening the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

Source: VOV5