Human rights talk based on mutual respect: diplomat
Hanoi (VNA) – An US diplomat said on May 30 that the 13th round of dialogue on human rights between Vietnam and the US took place in a friendly, sincere and mutual respect atmosphere.
The aide to the US Secretary of State on human rights, democracy and labour, David Kramer, told the press that the dialogue, held in Hanoi on May 29, was an annual activity in bilateral ties that have seen progresses and improvements in recent years.
Answering a correspondent’s question about the human rights issue in Vietnam , Kramer said there were progresses. The May 29 dialogue and the previous ones have brought about specific results, he said.
Regarding the Agent Orange/dioxin issue in Vietnam as part of the May 29 dialogue, Kramer said the US has made clear that it will assist the disabled in Vietnam regardless the cause of their disabilities. He added that the US had provided an aid of 43 million USD for Vietnam ’s disabled people.
He also said because of his full schedule in Vietnam, he could not arrange any meeting with representatives from the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.
US Ambassador Michael Michalak said the US had held active dialogues on Agent Orange and disabled people issues with the Vietnamese Government. The US is planning a 3-million-USD programme to assist Vietnam in health care and environmental improvement.
|Back Top page Print Email|