Laos: USA wollen Finanzierung von Minenräumprogrammen weiter erhöhen

In 16 Jahren hat die US-Regierung genauso viel Geld in Minenräumprogramme in Laos investiert wie in 3 Tage Bombadierung während des Vietnamkriegs. Erst die Obama-Regierung erhöht die Finanzierung seit einigen Jahren – nun soll es einen weiteren Schub geben: Wenn Barack Obama als erster US-Präsident im kommenden September Laos besucht (auf Englisch).

Räumung von explosiven Kriegsresten in Laos © John Rodstedt / SODI


The United States is set to boost funding for the removal of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Laos, the fatal legacies of its “secret war” during the 1960s and 1970s.

Deaths and injuries from unexploded ordnance, or UXO, have decreased dramatically over the past few years as the US has scaled up funding for clearance. Casualties fell from 302 in 2008 to 40 in 2015, according to the Laos government’s National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action. Between January and March this year, there were just two recorded incidents.

From 2010, the US has steadily increased the amount it has spent on UXO programmes in Laos from $5 million to $15 million. During a January visit to the Laotian capital, Vientiane, US Secretary of State John Kerry said his government was discussing whether to contribute more funding. Now, the US embassy has told IRIN that President Barack Obama’s administration has approved the decision.

“We expect that President Obama will further increase that funding when he comes here later this year,” said Lucija Straley, an embassy spokeswoman.

The US Congress has committed $19.5 million in the current budget, so any increase announced by Obama this September would be above and beyond this figure.

"In addition, the increase will assist in implementing a national survey of UXO contamination, which does not yet exist and is a critical gap in current UXO efforts," said Straley.

Obama will become the first sitting US president in history to visit Laos when he attends a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this September.

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