Residents in Cambodia’s Northeast Feared by Suspected Chemical Weapons

AKP Phnom Penh, Residents in O' Raing district of Cambodia's northeastern Mondulkiri province continue to worry over suspected chemical weapon identified, while longing for OPCW's investigation, according to local media report.

The source highlighted the information from the local authority that to date eleven active remains of suspected chemical weapons have been found in different locations of the district.

The locals have been living with fear of chemical affects caused by the war remains.

A senior official of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons was cited in the source saying that his team is clearing the site surrounding the identified weapons for the OPCW team's investigation.

Beginning their mission earlier this week in Cambodia's three provinces � Svay Rieng, Tbong Khmum and Mondulkiri � where suspected chemical weapons were found, the OPCW team cannot tell for now when their work starts in O' Raing.

The OPCW chemical weapon investigation in Cambodia follows an appeal by the Royal Government of Cambodia in October to the UN agency after finding the suspected chemical weapons threatening health of the locals.

It is expected that on-going mission of the technical team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will lead to a remedy for O Raing's residents over the suspected chemical weapons left behind by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press