Prensa Latina, 20 April 2017
Vietnam, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam reaffirmed today that the US companies involved and Monsanto, in particular, must take responsibility for supporting efforts to address the consequences of the agent orange/dioxin spread in this country during the war.
That position was reportedly expressed by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang referring to the findings of the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, stating that the transnational corporation destroyed the ecosystem and caused losses to the Vietnamese people during the Pentagon’s aggression.
She added that Vietnam welcomes the ruling on Tuesday and stressed that the damage to the environment constitutes a severe objective sequel of the war, especially by the impact of the aforementioned toxicant used by the US military.
She also called on Monsanto to respect the Tribunal’s consultations and recommendations and to take prompt action to resolve the consequences of that compound.
The five judges of that court ruled that the multinational is guilty of ecocide, with long-term effects on ecosystems of several territories, including Vietnam.
The ruling was announced after six months of investigation and two days of testimony.
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