Cambodia is outraged because the US gouvernment demands the repayment of 500 Million Dollars war depts of the Vietnam War period. Cambodia claims, the US had bombed big areas of Cambodia during that war, killing half a million Cambodians and leaving a dessert in the bombed regions. The former Australian ambassador to Cambodia confirms this.
ABC.net.au: “US attempt to recoup Cambodian debt ‘cack-handed': former Australian Ambassador“: “The official US line was that the loan had been for agricultural development and that Cambodia had the means to repay. Hun Sen raised the issue again this year, with Cambodian media reporting the PM as saying the US had no right to demand repayment of a debt that was “blood-stained” from the brutal US bombing of Cambodian territory during the Vietnam War. […] [Former Australian ambassador to Cambodia Tony Kevin] ‘At the same time the US was giving weapons to Lon Nol, it was bombing the Cambodian countryside into oblivion and creating millions of refugees fleeing into Phnom Penh and destroying all political fabric and civil life in the country,’ Mr Kevin said. […] ‘So the United States created a desert in Cambodia in those years, and Americans know this.'”.
The Sydney Morning Herald: “Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts“: “Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt. The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. […] The bombs were of such massive tonnage they blew out eardrums of anyone standing within a 1-kilometre radius. War correspondent James Pringle was two kilometres away from a B-52 strike near Cambodia’s border. “It felt like the world was coming to an end,” he recalls. According to one genocide researcher, up to 500,000 Cambodians were killed, many of them children.”.
Common Dreams: “Cambodia Outraged as US Demands Repayment of ‘Blood-Stained’ War Debt“: “While the U.S. was backing the Lon Nol government, it was also strafing the Cambodian countryside with bombs—a carpet-bombing campaign that would eventually see over 500,000 tons of explosives dropped on the small Asian country, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and leaving a legacy of unexploded ordnances. ‘[The U.S.] dropped bombs on our heads and then they ask us to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF [International Monetary Fund] not to lend us money,’ Hun Sen said at an Asia-Pacific regional conference earlier this month.”.
The Cambodia Daily, March 2: “Prime Minister Rails Against Deaths of Children in US Wars“: “Prime Minister Hun Sen has used an international conference to once again raise the issue of Cambodia’s war-era debt to the U.S. and attack the U.S. for killing children in wars waged in Cambodia and the Middle East. While the government has yet to submit an official request to the U.S. to cancel the debt, Mr. Hun Sen took the opportunity of a captive audience of delegates from 36 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to launch another verbal assault.”.