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Cambodian government calls for Peace Corps to leave

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Cambodian government calls for Peace Corps to leave Reply with quote

Hun Sen Asks US Peace Corps to Pull Out of Cambodia
Radio Free Asia | 19 September 2017
Source: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/peacecorps-09152017191427.html

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw its Peace Corps volunteers from his country a day after he said he was suspending cooperation with Washington to find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

"It's good if you pull out the Peace Corps," Hun Sen said as he stepped up his criticism of Washington at a gathering of 10,000 garment workers at Vattanac Industrial Park on the southwestern outskirts of Phnom Penh.

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 to promote world peace and good will. It has been operating in Cambodia since 2006, involved mostly in English-language teaching and health-care training. About 500 Americans have participated in such stints so far.

As Hun Sen made the announcement, the U.S. embassy was swearing in 71 new volunteers from the Peace Corps, Reuters news agency reported. On Thursday, he announced a suspension of a long-running search for more than 40 missing-in-action soldiers during the Vietnam War, saying the action was in retaliation for the U.S. decision earlier this week to halt issuing visas to senior Cambodian foreign ministry officials and their families.

Washington issued the visa suspension after Phnom Penh said it would not take back Cambodian nationals being deported by the United States after being convicted of crimes.

Relations between the U.S. and Cambodia are at a new low.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, the worsening diplomatic situation between Cambodia and the US is just a symptom of the more serious domestic political crisis.

If you're planning on teaching or traveling in Cambodia, do yourself a favor and read a bit of news beforehand.


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