Security Situation Threatens Economy

November 2003
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Nov2003, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p8
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The security situation in Laos appears to be deteriorating. After enjoying a few years of relative peace, violence seems to be increasing across the country. The escalation in violence is having an impact on certain sectors of the economy, and may, if it continues, put increased pressure on the government. In August 2003 another bomb exploded in the centre of the capital, Vientiane. Although not confirmed, it is thought that the Hmong tribes people, who were trained by the CIA to fight the communist Pathet Lao movement, and are still fighting the Communist government, are responsible for these attacks. The increase in violence, combined with the recent international condemnation caused by the 15-year jail sentences handed to two European journalists and their translator represents a threat to the only parts of Laos's economy showing any promise.


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