Friday, July 24, 2009

Nations meet to discuss Mekong basin

July 24, 2009
Radio Australia

The United States and countries from the lower Mekong basin have vowed to cooperate on environmental problems affecting South East Asia's largest river.

Foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on the Thai island of Phuket, during this week's Association of South East Asia Nations' regional forum.

The Thai foreign ministry says each country pledged to set up working teams to discuss further cooperation on water resources, education and human resources development.Low lying areas around the Mekong are considered vulnerable to global warming, and pollution levels.

During their meeting, the four Mekong basin countries and the US pledged to hold annual ministerial meetings on the state of the river and its surrounding land.

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