Trudeau pledges $990,000 for mine clearance and cluster bombs in Cambodia and Laos


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces nearly $1 million to help remove unexploded landmines and cluster bombs from Southeast Asia.

He pledged $990,000 at an event focusing on women in security as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit draws to a close in Cambodia.

The funding is intended to support local and government projects in Cambodia and Laos to dispose of unexploded ordnance, which stems from civil wars as well as US bombings during the Vietnam War.

Since the 1990s, Canada has been pushing countries in the region to stop using these types of ammunition and fund remedial action.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau met with the leader of the ASEAN bloc, who praised him for making Southeast Asia a focus of Canada’s upcoming Indo-Pacific strategy.

Later, Trudeau is due to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents the record of the Khmer Rouge regime.


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