Friendship associations join Vietnamese AO victims’ fight
May 9, 2007
The friendship associations with Vietnam of Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland on April 26 issued a statement to support a call asking the US to show responsibility to Vietnam for their spraying of deadly herbicides during the war in Vietnam.
The move was made on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Anti-chemical Weapons Treaty (April 29, 1997) and also the International Day for Victims of Chemical Weapons.
In the statement, the friendship associations called upon the US to pay compensation for the continued suffering of the people and environment of Vietnam.
Lawyers representing the AO victims provided factual and scientific evidence regarding the effects of as many as 72 million litres of herbicides, of which the AO/dioxin accounting for 41.6 million litres, that the US troops had sprayed over Vietnam during the period between 1961-1971. (VNA)