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Phillipines pledge continued support

PHILLIPINE President Fidel Ramos pledged continuing help for Cambodia's reconstruction, including military training, but firmly ruled out supplying weapons and ammunition.

Ramos said he had responded to Phnom Penh's request by offering help from the Phillipine army in education, health, English language and engineering training, as well as two cadetships to the Phillipine Military Academy.

But when asked about supplying lethal military equipment to help against the Khmer Rouge insurgency, Ramos said: "No way... that is against the policy of the Phillipine government."

Ramos, on an official 24-hour state visit, also reaffirmed Manila's firm support that Cambodia join ASEAN. Manila will provide help preparing Cambodian ASEAN officials and diplomats.

The Phillipines would also continue to provide help in areas such as health, agriculture, business, rural development and the evironment, Ramos said.

Ramos last visited Cambodia as an army officer in 1967.

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