U.S. Government Provides 15 New Vehicles to UXO Lao for Clearance Operations

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter handed over 15 new Toyota Landcruisers to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Program (UXO Lao) during a ceremony on January 12.  The contribution, valued at approximately USD 490,000, included 15 sets of equipment for 15 new UXO Lao Clearance teams that are operating in Savannakhet, Khammouan and ...
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U.S. Senior Official’s Visit Highlights Cooperation on Resolving UXO War Legacy

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rothstein, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, visited the Lao PDR from July 10-14 in order to promote enhanced collaboration on unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey and clearance activities.  He visited field sites in Xieng Khouang Province to review progress on the implementation ...
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United States Continues Funding for UXO Operations in Xieng Khouang Province

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Lao PDR’s National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action Section (NRA), represented by Director General Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune, and Mines Advisory Group (MAG Laos), represented by Country Director Blossum Gilmour.  The ceremony took place at the NRA Office in Vientiane ...
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President Obama Announces Doubling of UXO Assistance to Lao PDR

During his historic visit to the Lao PDR, on September 6th U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States will double unexploded ordnance (UXO) assistance to the Lao PDR, from $15 million during the last year to $30 million in the coming year.  The assistance, which totals $90 million over the next three years, will support ...
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United States Provides Funding to Enable UXO Lao Teams to Return to Work

On October 16, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes announced $2.2 million in new U.S. support to UXO Lao, which will enable it to rehire trained technicians it lost in 2014 as a result of funding difficulties.  The UXO Lao teams will be deployed in Houaphanh, Xiengkhouang, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Salavan, and Champassak provinces. Mr. ...
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United States Announces $15 Million Assistance Package for the Lao UXO Sector

The United States is strengthening its commitment to the UXO sector in Laos by increasing its total assistance for Laos’ UXO sector to $15 million this year.  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel announced the new assistance during the annual U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which took place in Washington, D.C. on June 19.  ...
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