Fwd: WH Travel Pool Report #3 -- Remarks at UXO tour

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President Obama spoke briefly to staff members and assembled
dignitaries from a podium, after touring the COPE facility.

Hanging behind him to his left were exhibits of prosthetic legs, while
off to his right were maps showing UXO clearing efforts in the Lao
countryside.

"For many people, war is something people read about in books," Mr.
Obama said. But in Laos, he said, war was very real.

He spoke about how the US involvement in Laos was a secret to people
in the US. "For the people of Laos, this war was no secret," he said.

Obama talked about the 2 million tons of bombs dropped on Laos, many
of them cluster bombs that remain unexploded, the president said.

"For the people of Laos, the war was also something that was not
contained to the battlefield," Obama said.

"For the last four decades, the people of Laos have lived under the
shadow of war."

He talked about 80 million cluster munitions that were unexploded.
They injure children and farmers and hurt livelihoods.

"We see the determination in survivors of UXO's," Obama said,
referring to Thoummy Silanphan, a survivor of unexploded bombs.

Obama referred to US aid that has allowed clearance efforts and a
nationwide survey that can aid clearance. He mentioned the
announcement of increased funding for this work.

"War is about the countless numbers who suffer in the shadows," he
said. "We can remember that most people want peace and security."

His remarks completed, POTUS motorcade began rolling for the airport
at 1055 local time.

Mark Landler
NY Times
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