Laos, Cambodia Urge US Not to Send Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

The two nations were heavily bombed by the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s, and remain seriously impacted by unexploded cluster bombs.

The governments of Laos and Cambodia have criticized the United States’ decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine, pointing to the baleful legacies that the weapons have had on their own people.

In a statement yesterday that did not mention the U.S. or Ukraine by name, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its “profound concern over the announcement and possible use of cluster munitions.”

Describing the country as the world’s “largest victim of cluster munitions,” the Ministry called on all states “to refrain from all use, production, transfer, and stockpiling” of the weapons.

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