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UN pledges relief from Agent Orange effects in Vietnam

Hanoi, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will continue to support Vietnam to eliminate the effects of Agent Orange, the representative of that international agency here, Caitlin Wiesen, said on Tuesday.

On the 60th anniversary of the first US bombing in Vietnam with dioxin, a highly toxic chemical still active in large areas of the country, the official wrote an article reproduced by local media.

The UNDP, she said, will deepen its partnership with the Government of Vietnam to address the consequences of the war and work for a peaceful world that should never again suffer a tragedy as devastating as the one caused by Agent Orange/Dioxin.

We will continue our collaboration to repair the impacts of dioxin and other hazardous chemicals, as well as on bomb and mine clearance, which remains a major problem here in Vietnam, Wiesen promised.

On Tuesday, several events were held to recall and repudiate that crime against humanity that took place in Vietnam, for which Washington has never apologized nor compensated the victims or their families.