The deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR

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Deminers from Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The impact caused by explosive remnants of war are still pervasive and cause extensive damage and loss of life , says the Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the UN.

Saleumxay Kommasith stresses that nearly 30 years after the end of the Viet Nam war, which also affected Laos, unexploded ordnance kill and injure more than 100 people every day in his country.

Laos is a state party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions and one of the leading advocates for this treaty.

Ahead of the  launch of the campaign "Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives," to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness, Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Ambassador Kommasith who explains the significance of the campaign.

Duration: 4'48"

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