Reference is made to your article "Japan's Pesticide Package May Hit More Than
Bugs" in the Jan. 15-20 edition. In this article Mr. Chan Tong Yves of the Ministry
of Agriculture in SOC was quoted as saying that WCC (World Council of Churches) has
been cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture in the use of pesticides "they
have been working with diazinon since 1987 or 1988 for vegetable production in Kien
Svay district near Phnom Penh."
This is not correct because WCC does not have any project or activities in Kien Svay.
Our past involvement with agricultural assistance in this country was limited to
the Tonle Bati district where we assisted in the setting up of the Agricultural Training
Centre and an irrigation project.
In discussing this matter with Mr Chan Tong Yves, he was surprised about this and
mentioned that either he was misquoted or that he had indeed mixed up the name of
World Council of Churches with that of another organization.
- Imalia Komalo, Representative WCC