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Chemical weapons experts kick off operations

Ros Chanveasna and Ven Rathavong 11:47 / Khmer Times Share:
The working group starting its operations to inspect bomb sites in Mondulkiri. KT/Ven Rathavong

The Defence Ministry’s chemical weapons experts and officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) started their operations to inspect chemical bomb site in Mondulkiri province’s O’Reang district on Wednesday.

The chemical bombs were believed to have been dropped by the US in the 1970s during the Vietnam War.

The operations started after Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry filed a request to the OPCW, asking for experts to be sent to investigate and evaluate the impact of chemical weapons in Cambodia.

The working group has now started its operations to inspect the chemical bombs and began in Mondulkiri province, one of three different sites. The others are in Tbong Khmum and Svay Rieng provinces.

An official who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said: “This site alone, now we found eight chemical barrel bombs which are buried in the ground.”

The Cambodian Mines Action Center claims to have discovered more than 50 locations of US bombs dropped in Svay Rieng province alone and 22 of the sites include chemical bombs.

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