D EPUTY Assistant Secretary of Defense Patricia Irwin (above) has praised efforts
to reform the Cambodian army and has promised the US will provide more
non-lethal aid to the government.
"The American government as well as the
Pentagon is watching with great interest... the reorganization of the
[Cambodian] army," Irwin told reporters on March 1.
She said the
reorganization was extremely important to the future of American-style democracy
"We're happy that this [reorganization] is taking place. I
think the progress has been very good."
The deputy assistant secretary
arrived in Cambodia on Feb 28, bringing with her a third plane-load of
humanitarian assistance for the Royal army. She said the Defense Department will
be sending more construction and engineering equipment to Cambodia, but did not
give a date.
So far, the US has provided $3 million in non-lethal aid to
the royal army.
The American embassy in Cambodia was closely monitoring
the use of material it supplies to the royal army, to make sure it does not end
up in the markets, she said.