Friday, June 22, 2007

Americans Against the Annexation of Cambodia and Laos by Vietnam

Press Release

My name is Nicole Ung, and I'm with the Americans Against the Annexation of Cambodia and Laos by Vietnam (AAACLV). I am here in front of the White House to protest President Bush's hosting of Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet, the leader of a repressive neo-colonialist regime.

Vietnam is in egregious violation of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement because of its annexation of Cambodian territories, and its neo-colonization of Laos. Furthermore, Vietnam's tri-border security and economic development zone scheme, involving three North Eastern provinces of Cambodia and three South Eastern provinces of Laos, is but yet another form of expropriation, land-grabbing and plunder of all the natural resources of its neighbors. AAACLV also wants to bring attention to the fact that Vietnam policies amount to de-facto ethnic cleansing of the native population in the territories involved. Vietnam's neo-colonization of Cambodia is so apparent that authorities of the Hun Sen government have completely abdicated their authority. They no longer prosecute even common law crimes committed by Vietnamese settlers in Cambodia, thereby relegating Cambodians to second-class status in their own country.

AAACLV points out that what is happening now in Cambodia and Laos is proof that Vietnam's aim has always been its expansion into and domination over all of the countries of former Indochina, and validates the reason for America's involvement in that war. Although this vindication comes 32 years too late, it is now clear that those Americans, Cambodians, Lao, and ethnic minorities who gave up their lives in the Vietnam War did it for the right cause -- to stop the expansion of a ruthless, evil communist regime.

AAACLV would like to appeal to the Congress and President Bush to suspend aid to Vietnam until:

- Vietnam stops supporting and manipulating Hun Sen and his ruthless regime.
- Vietnam agrees to recognize the borders set by the 1954 Geneva Convention, void all treaties Vietnam and Cambodia have signed between 1979 and 2005 that amount to Vietnam's expansion into Cambodian territory and unlimited settlement of Vietnamese population in Cambodia.
- Stop all their religious persecution and policies of ethnic-cleansing against the minorities who fought on the US side during the Vietnam War.

AAACLV also appeals to the American people to voice their support for the American Veterans and the families of the more than 55 thousand Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam by:

- Calling on American businesses that have already invested in Vietnam to divest from Vietnam until that government stops its expansionism and lives up to international laws. These include, but are not limited to: Intel, Microsoft, SSA Marine, Honeywell International, International Textile Group (ITG), Winvest Investment, Wells Fargo & CO,
- Calling upon those businesses that are about to invest in Vietnam to halt their plans by boycotting that regime until it stops its expansionism and tyrannical rule over its people and the peoples of Cambodia and Laos. These include, but are not limited to: Abbott International, Agilent, Alcoa, Apco Worldwide, Boeing Company, Chevron, Conoco, Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motor, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JHPIEGO, Raytheon International Inc, Time Warner, UPS, Vietnam Partners, Universal Telecom Services, Inc.

AAACLV supports the American Veterans in their search for a full and accurate accounting of the US MIA in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

AAACLV will protest in front of the White House Friday June 22, 2007.

Nicole Ung

President Americans Against the Annexation of Cambodia and Laos by Vietnam
President Cambodia Border Committee for Florida

For additional information, contact:

5979 N Dixie Hwy, #281
Oakland Park, FL 33334
Ph: 561-386-0634
Fax: 954-489-1240

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