We read with interest the story headlined "Mekong River report damns Chinese
dam" by Luke Hunt (Post, July 30, 2004).
We would like to take this opportunity to point out an error in the story regarding
those countries who are members of the Mekong River Commission. Towards the end of
the story your writer, when referring to the MRC members, says: "Those member
countries include Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Burma (Myanmar)."
We Would like to clarify that Myanmar is not a member of the MRC (signatory to the
1995 Agreement on the cooperation for the sustainable development of the Mekong River
Basin), however it is, together with China, a valued dialogue partner.
Every year the MRC meets with its two dialogue partners to share information about
activities on the river. In this way the MRC is seeking to keep communication channels
open with all those who enjoy access to Mekong River and its related resources.
Virginia Addison - Communications Officer, Mekong River Commission
Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR