CONTINUATION OF INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

Honorable Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, It is with utmost respect that we, American citizens, seek your assistance in the matter of continuation of intercountry adoption between the US and Viet Nam. During meetings with President Bush in June, you indicated an intent to speed up preparations for early accession to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. Your visit to the White House was quite well-received and suggests that perhaps you are willing to assist us in two urgent matters. We are respectfully requesting your immediate involvement, Prime Minister Dung, in the establishment of an interim adoption agreement between the US and Viet Nam. Please appoint a high-level negotiator to work with our Department of State to implement a temporary interim agreement that leads to Hague Compliance. While Dr. Vu Duc Long, Department of Intercountry Adoption, has made significant gains toward this end, further support from the national government is imperative to the success of these negotiations. In addition, we respectfully request that the government of Vietnam hold all US dossiers not yet matched at September 1st rather than returning them to those families. These families could then be matched quickly when the interim agreement is implemented. We respectfully implore you to act quickly as the September 1st deadline is rapidly approaching. We appreciate your time and attention to this important matter. Sincerely, The Undersigned

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