Unexploded ordnance (UXO) has caused great harm to the development of Laos, highlighting the need for its accelerated clearance, the Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported Monday citing a top United Nations (UN) official.
The UN Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Kanni Wignaraja made the remarks during her visit to Laos last week aimed at strengthening the UNDP’s support for development priorities of the Southeast Asian country, according to the report.
“UXO has harmed the country too much for too long and that needs to change,” she told reporters in Lao capital Vientiane. “I have visited Laos a couple of times before and looked at this issue, and by now the country should have advanced much faster in clearing unexploded ordnance. It is slow and needs to accelerate.”