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(KPL) Australian Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Mr Jean-Bernard Carrasco hosted a reception party to mark the Australia's National Day, mostly known as Australia Day, in Vientiane Capital on Jan 24, 2019.
Present at the celebration were the Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmany Pholsena, the Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Khamphao Eunthavanh, representatives of international organisations and diplomatic corps.
Australia is one of the most multicultural nations in the world. Our population of 25 million consists of more than 300 different ancestries� which includes around 12,000 Australians of Lao heritage. The first Australians, the indigenous peoples, arrived around 65,000 years ago. Today they keep one of the world's oldest civilisations alive, enriching our contemporary society, said Ambassador Carrasco.
This year marks the 67th anniversary of uninterrupted and friendly diplomatic ties between Laos and Australia.
Last year around 450 Lao students were studying in Australia's world-leading schools and universities, many with the support of an Australian government scholarship.
More than 200 Australian students have also visited the Lao PDR since 2015 to exchange knowledge and research under the New Colombo Plan education programme. And since 1986 more than 500 Australians have volunteered their time to help Lao organisations meet their development goals.
With so many links between us, our two countries and two peoples have developed a truly strong bond. One that becomes crucially important in times of great need, said the ambassador. Last year, Australians were shocked and saddened by the tragic dam collapse in Attapeu province, and the flooding that affected thousands of people across the nation.
Immediately, Australia was ready to support the Lao Government in its response to the disaster delivering emergency supplies to Sanamxay district within four days of the incident, and its ongoing assistance totalling AUD 3 million is helping the affected families, especially women and children, to rebuild their lives.
Australian development programme reaches nation-wide, and focuses on the most important factors for Laos to achieve its economic and social goals: quality education for all primary school students; a skilled and diverse labour force; a growing private sector; the sustainable use of water resources; and opportunities for women, girls and people with disabilities.
This year, the Australian government is also supporting the Lao government's dam safety review to ensure the hydropower sector can sustainably and safely contribute to the Lao economy, and funding UXO clearance in Sanamxay district in Attapeu.
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Ethnic Vietnamese evicted last year from a floating village on Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake are beginning to return, citing poor conditions at the site chosen for their relocation and claiming they need to look after fish farms left behind, Cambodian sources say.
The move to evict residents of the floating village follows a campaign two years ago that saw thousands repatriated to Vietnam from their homes on the Tonle Sap, where global warming and overfishing have reduced the seasonal inflow and outflow of water on the environmentally threatened lake.
Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of around 2,300 residents were moved from the lake last year to land almost a mile away in Kampong Chhang province, with around 700 families allowed to remain because their homes use floating nets to farm fish.
Around 30 percent of those most recently moved have now returned to their former homes on the lake, though, saying they too have fish to protect, Sum Chan Kea�provincial coordinator for Adhoc, a Cambodian rights group monitoring the Tonle Sap evictions�old RFA's Khmer Service on Friday.
The government doesn't have a clear plan to help the families moved from the Tonle Sap, Sum Chan Kea said, adding that those returning may only be using claims of a need to guard fish farms as a pretext for coming back.
Local authorities have failed to create adequate infrastructure at a relocation site on land nearly a mile away in Kampong Chhnang province, with a road leading to the site already difficult to travel, Sum Chan Kea said.
I went there, and they have no water or electricity, and their children have no schools, Sum Chan Kea said.
Provincial deputy governor Sum Sovannarith was unavailable for comment Friday, but has previously told RFA he would work to improve conditions at the relocation site, and that all ethnic Vietnamese families would be finally moved from the lake by July.
Animosity between Vietnam and Cambodia goes back centuries, but was heightened by the Vietnamese war in 1979 that ousted Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime and paved the way for long-ruling prime minister Hun Sen's ascension to power.
Accusations over the demarcation of the border between Vietnam and Cambodia have become a prominent feature in Cambodian politics as Hun Sen's opponents have attempted to paint the strong man as a tool of the Vietnamese.
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