Thailand denies use of chemical weapons

Thailand has denied allegations made my Cambodia that it used chemical weapons in a recent two day battle over a border territory dispute.

Cambodian military officials claim that Thailand had fired 75 and 105 millimeter shells loaded with poisonous gas into Cambodian territory, reports. Thailand also allegedly fired cluster shells, an anti-personnel weapon banned by many countries, and artillery shells that released a debilitating gas.

The fighting, which began on Friday morning and ended with a cease fire on Saturday afternoon, killed 10 soldiers and forced thousands of civilians from their homes, reports.

Cambodia’s defense ministry also accused Thailand of using reconnaissance planes to aid in the use of chemical warfare.

“I’d like to categorically deny that the Thai military has used any kind of aircraft,” Kasit Piromya, the Thai foreign minister, said, according to “I’d like to reiterate that the accusations from Cambodia hold no truth at all. What they said about us using poisonous gas was not true either.”

The use of chemical weapons violates the agreement established by the Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. Administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, there are 188 states, including Cambodia and Thailand, that are party to the CWC as of August 2010.