A Quarterly Newsletter for and about International Cooperation with Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Cuba.
Volume 9, Issue 4   Fall 1999

Good News From Cambodia

Progress: In October the second quarterly review by 100 delegates from bilateral and multi-lateral donors to Cambodia found "good and positive progress" according to World Bank representative Bonaventura Mbida-Essama. German Ambassador Harald Loeschner, representing the European Union, said, "we are encouraged by the reform program...We are also pleased to notice good headway in the economic and financial sectors." Japanese Ambassador Masaki Saito cautioned that miliatry reforms, particularly demobilization, are going slow.

Thousands of Ghost Soldiers Identified: Cambodia has found and removed 15,551 "ghost" soldiers and 159,587 dependents from military payrolls from January to September as part of the effort to demobilize police and military and reduce their budget share.

Rice Surplus: Cambodia expects a surplus of up to 60,000 tons of milled rice this year, twice that of last year. Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh is seeking foreign investment in milling to grain greater profit from the industry.


In Memorium

Larry Tankersley, director of the Southern Asia Office of Church World Service and Witness for five years, will be remembered by those who attended the Forum conference at Bryn Mawr College in June of 1997 for his skillful chairing of the panel “INGO Regulation and Registration”. Larry lost his battle with cancer in September.

Development Triangle

The three countries of Indochina reaffirmed and updated their traditional friendship at a summit meeting in Vientiane in October. The Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, accompanied by foreign affairs and economic ministers, agreed to set up a development triangle with special trade relationships, a joint power grid and cooperation on tourism, agriculture, telecommunications, transportation, environment, education, forestry, public health training and suppression of narcotics.

Photo Emiko Omori

Regret to Inform is a powerful meditation on loss and the devastation of war on a a personal level, and a film that very much needs to be seen by a broad audience. If you are interested in organizing an event around the viewing, contact the P.O.V. publicists, Kate Scott or Su Patel at (212) 989-8121.

The national P.O.V. broadcast is a co-presentation with the National Asian American Telecommunications Association.

Monday, January 24, 2000, 10 PM ET on PBS
(check local listings)

So exquisitely filmed, edited and scored it is the documentary equivalent of a tragic epic poem. Every word and image quivers with an anguished resonance.
Stephen Holden, New York Times

In January, PBS’s P.O.V. documentary series will air Regret to Inform, Barbara Sonneborn’s Academy Award nominated documentary, which follows her pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died during the war. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows of the war into a moving testament to the chilling legacy of war. The stories that these widows tell are stirring reminders that shared sorrow can inspire meaningful reconciliation, and that forgiveness does not mean we have to forget the war.

In this issue ...
Agent Orange Update
Cuba Pages
Debt Relief and the Economic Crisis
Vietnam Women's Union Hosts Energy Training
What Happened to the Trade Agreement
The Legacy of the Khmer Rouge
Conference Report III

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