Peace Trees Vietnam (PTVN), which consists mostly of US war veterans, will continue funding operations to clear unexploded ordnance in central Quang Tri and Quang Binh provinces this year.
The information was confirmed at a meeting between a PTVN delegation and President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong in Hanoi on March 8.
The organisation will extend credit loan projects in Quang Tri, provide scholarships for victims of unexploded bombs and mines and assist social development in areas cleared of unexploded ordnance.
At the meeting, the VUFO President praised the efforts made by PTVN to clear unexploded ordnance in the central province of Quang Binh over the years.
He said he hoped that after this visit, PTVN will target more joint activities between non-governmental organisations of both countries and help Vietnam address the war’s legacy, particularly the issue of Agent Orange victims.
Impressed with Vietnam ’s current development, the PTVN delegates, however, showed their concerns about efforts being made to ease post-war difficulties in Vietnam .
They talked about the fundraising work for projects undertaken by PTVN in central Vietnam since 1995 as well as on how to elevate the relations between Vietnamese and US people.
During their visit, the PTVN delegation made a fact-finding tour to Quang Tri and met with Vietnamese veterans at the Ta Con-Khe Sanh relic site.-VNA