Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside, Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million war debt.
“They dropped bombs on our heads and then ask[ed] us to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF not to lend us money,” he [Hun Sen] told an international conference in early March. [March 2017, Sydney Morning Herald]
Mr Pringle, a former Reuters bureau chief in Ho Chi Minh City, said no-one could call him a supporter of Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia with an iron-fist for three decades.
But he said on this matter he is “absolutely correct.”
“Cambodia does not owe a brass farthing to the US for help in destroying its people, its wild animals, its rice fields and forest cover”
Mr Hun Sen pointed out that craters still dot the Cambodian countryside and villagers are still unearthing bombs, forcing mass evacuations until they can be deactivated.