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Land grab’ as families are uprooted to make way for luxury resort that will host EU ministers

The Telegraph, Nov 1, 2012

At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday. The “Asia-Europe Meeting” will bring together 48 EU and Asian countries on Don Chan island in the centre of Laos’s capital, Vientiane. To allow the construction of 50 villas and two conference centres, the authorities have moved 102 families who once lived on the island and worked its green paddy fields. The new facilities will be used for this and future summits.

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