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Cambodia suspends military programs with US

Cambodia suspends military cooperation with US, other nations amid election standoff

Cambodia suspends military programs with US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says Cambodia has suspended international military cooperation programs with the United States and others following the nation's recent, disputed election.

The reason for Cambodia's action was not immediately clear. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday that Cambodia's Defense Ministry has postponed or canceled a number of programs. She provided no details.

It could be a pre-emptive move after U.S. lawmakers called for reductions in direct aid to Cambodia's government if the vote is not free and fair. But Harf said the U.S. government has not indicated it wants to suspend military ties.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's party won according to preliminary election results Monday that are contested by the opposition, which has threatened mass protests.

The Cambodian government has deployed extra troops and armored vehicles in the capital.

Updated : 2021-05-09 14:11 GMT+08:00