Cambodia’s foreign minister has requested the aid of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to verify the remnants of reported chemical weapons unearthed in the country.

The request from Prak Sokhon came amid tensions between the United States and Cambodia which has seen Prime Minister Hun Sen criticize Washington for what he said was its reticence to deal with the remnants of its wars in Southeast Asia.

Sokhon’s November 1 statement said he had written to Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the OPCW, based in the Netherlands, saying that operations to clear landmines and other unexploded ordinance had uncovered numerous “contaminated” areas of the country.

Devices believed to be vehicles for the disbursal of chemical weapons were found in Mondulkiri province in 2012 and in Svay Rieng province in October this year.

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