Laos to preserve Ho Chi Minh Trail

Laos will preserve a section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in its territory as part of its project to upgrade Highway 15 linking Lao southern province of Saravan to Vietnam.

Bouachanh Ouansavanh, director of the project said that the 147 km highway worth over 58 million USD is expected to finish by 2012.

Once completed, the route would help Saravan province reduce poverty, boost trade with Vietnam’s central region and improve living conditions of local people, especially in the districts of Toumlane, Taoy and Samuoy.

Ouansavanh affirmed that the Ho Chi Minh trail would be preserved as a historical relic of the Indochina war in Laos and a symbol of the special Vietnam-Laos ties.

Running through the southern region of Laos, the Ho Chi Minh Trail served as a route to supply food and weapons from the northern to the southern regions of Vietnam during the war against the United States./.

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