UN Experts Start the Investigation of Suspected Chemical Weapons

AKP Phnom Penh, Technical team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today begins its investigation on suspected chemical weapons left behind by the United States during the Vietnam War.

The announcement was shared yesterday by Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh when presiding over the launch of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) National Action Plan of Cambodia.

The investigation, added the defence minister, will take place in Cambodia's provinces of Mondulkiri, Thbong Khmum and Svay Rieng.

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 in Svay Rieng.

Similar remains have been spotted latter in Thbong Khmum and Mondulkiri provinces.

The timeframe for the OPCW technical experts' mission in Cambodia has not yet been able to calculate.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press