Cambodia suspends military programmes with US
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cambodia has suspended international military cooperation programmes with the United States (US) and others following that country's recent, disputed election, the State Department said on Monday.
The reason for Cambodia's action was not immediately clear. State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters that Cambodia's Defence Ministry has postponed or cancelled a number of programmes. She provided no details.
It could be a pre-emptive move after US lawmakers called for cuts in direct aid to Cambodia's government if the vote was not free and fair. But Ms Harf said the US does not regard this as a suspension of overall military ties.
"We haven't indicated that's something we want," Ms Harf said. "We are going to keep watching the process as it unfolds and see where it goes from here."