The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims (VAVA) and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) have agreed to increase their activities to ask for justice for the victims.

Over the past decade, the association, on behalf of over 3 million victims, have demanded the US government and chemical producers to take responsibility for what they caused during the war in Vietnam, VAVA President Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh said at a July 23 working session between the two organisations in Hanoi.

The struggle for justice for the Vietnamese victims has got support from people around the world, especially those in the US and countries involving in the war in Vietnam, he said, adding that the US government and parliament decided to spend 84 million USD disinfecting toxic chemicals left by the war in the Southeast Asian country.

The US also provides 5 million USD in humanitarian aid each year for the Vietnamese disabled and AO victims for their treatment and health care.

Expressing thanks for the VUFO’s contributions to caring and helping the victims, Rinh said he hopes that the union will continue serving as a bridge for the VAVA and international organisations.

VUFO Chairman Vu Xuan Hong pledged to increase coordination with the VAVA in caring and aiding the victims.

The two sides should jointly organise an international conference this year to share information on Agent Orange with international organisations based in Vietnam , he suggested.-VNA