PHNOM PENH, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Friday ordered armed forces across the country to collect all U.S. made military weapons and materials to keep in caches or to have them burned down.
The move came after the United States on Wednesday imposed an arms embargo on Cambodia, banning the export of its military equipment to the southeast Asian nation.
“I’d like to order all military units to immediately check the military weapons and materials that Cambodia is currently using and to collect all the U.S. military weapons and materials, if found, to keep in caches or to have them destroyed based on practical situation,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.
Hun Sen said that he has made a right decision since 1994 not to purchase the U.S. military weapons and materials.
“This is a warning message to the Cambodian government in the next generations that if it wants independence in the defense sector, please do not use the U.S. made weapons,” he said. Enditem