Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces nearly $1 million to help remove unexploded landmines and cluster bombs from Southeast Asia.

He pledged $990,000 at an event focused on women in security as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit draws to a close in Cambodia.

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The funding is intended to support local and government projects in Cambodia and Laos to clean up unexploded ordnance, which originates from civil wars as well as US bombing during the Vietnam War.

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Since the 1990s, Canada has been pushing countries in the region to stop using these types of munitions and funding remediation.

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Earlier in the day, Trudeau met with the leader of the ASEAN bloc, who praised him for putting Southeast Asia at the center of Canada’s upcoming Indo-Pacific strategy.

Later, Trudeau will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents the toll of the Khmer Rouge regime.

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