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Cambodia: Officers remind US of 'moral obligations' as Trump cuts bomb removal aid

Cambodia, Svay Rieng province
November 14, 2017 at 02:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cambodians reacted with fury after the US announced they would stop their bomb-clearance aid to Cambodia starting from January.

The news prompted negative reaction from those whose health has been affected due to use of chemical weapons in the Svay Rieng province.

The information was revealed by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre on Sunday, without specifying the reasons behind the decision. The US embassy also declined to issue a statement on the matter, according to reports.

Director General of Cambodian Mine Action Clearance, Heng Ratana, said, "They have moral obligations. They dropped a lot of bombs on Cambodian people. They killed a lot of Cambodian people and destroyed many Cambodian villages, houses, schools or facilities in Cambodia so they must have moral obligations."

Data published in 2000 shows that the US dropped approximately two million bombs on Cambodia from 1963 to 1975, fighting Viet Cong troops. In the years following the intervention, the US reportedly spent more than $131 million on disposing explosive leftovers throughout the country.

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Cambodians reacted with fury after the US announced they would stop their bomb-clearance aid to Cambodia starting from January.

The news prompted negative reaction from those whose health has been affected due to use of chemical weapons in the Svay Rieng province.

The information was revealed by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre on Sunday, without specifying the reasons behind the decision. The US embassy also declined to issue a statement on the matter, according to reports.

Director General of Cambodian Mine Action Clearance, Heng Ratana, said, "They have moral obligations. They dropped a lot of bombs on Cambodian people. They killed a lot of Cambodian people and destroyed many Cambodian villages, houses, schools or facilities in Cambodia so they must have moral obligations."

Data published in 2000 shows that the US dropped approximately two million bombs on Cambodia from 1963 to 1975, fighting Viet Cong troops. In the years following the intervention, the US reportedly spent more than $131 million on disposing explosive leftovers throughout the country.

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