U.S. Cuts Back Some Aid To Cambodia, Citing ‘Anti-Democratic’ Behavior, But Plans To Continue Assistance For Health, Agriculture

Associated Press: U.S. cuts aid to Cambodia, citing ‘anti-democratic’ actions
“The United States cut back aid to Cambodia Tuesday to protest shrinking democracy in the Southeast Asia nation, where the party of longtime ruler Hun Sen swept Senate elections after facing no serious opposition. The White House said it was suspending or curtailing U.S. programs worth $8.3 million that support Cambodia’s tax department, local government, and military. … The White House said the U.S. will continue projects supporting the Cambodian people, including those promoting health, agriculture, mine clearance, and civil society promotion…” (Pennington, 2/27).

Reuters: Cambodia ‘shocked’ by ‘disrespectful’ U.S. aid cut, says democracy intact
“Cambodia said on Wednesday it was saddened and shocked by a ‘disrespectful’ U.S. decision to rein back aid programs because of perceived democratic setbacks and defended its record on democracy. The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID, and military assistance programs that support Cambodia’s military, taxation department, and local authorities — all of which, it said, shared blame for recent instability. … The White House said that … assistance in health, agriculture, and mine-clearing will continue” (Prak, 2/28).

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