Representatives of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam failed to reach consensus at a meeting in Vientiane on Thursday on whether Laos be allowed to build a hydropower dam about 2 km from the Cambodian border and if downstream countries—whose fisheries will likely be most affected—have a right to nix the project. Whether Laos was right in simply informing Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam of the 256 MW Don Sahong dam project, as they did in September, or if it should have undergone a prior consultation process with its neighbors, will now be discussed by the countries’ relevant ministers. “Since
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