Chhit Sam Ath

Laos Dam Project a Black Eye For Mekong Cooperation

Date of Release: 
Sep 9 2015

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – When the Lao national assembly last week approved a potentially destructive dam project just 2 kilometers from the border with Cambodia, the surprise announcement was yet another blow to the regional framework designed to protect the Mekong River.

It was not supposed to be this way after Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos signed the 1995 Mekong Agreement, a treaty designed to coordinate development along the river and to mitigate its impacts on neighboring countries.

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