Thursday, 8 January 2009

Embassy ceremony marks Cambodia’s Liberation Day


HA NOI — The 30th anniversary of Cambodia’s Liberation Day (January 7) was celebrated in Ha Noi yesterday by the Cambodian Embassy and the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO).

Prominent among participants were Vu Oanh, former Politburo member and head of the Liaison Committee for former Vietnamese Experts in Cambodia; Vu Mao, Chairman of the Viet Nam-Cambodia Friendship Association; Cambodian Ambassador to Viet Nam Vann Phal; and Khamphan Anlavan, Counselor of the Lao Embassy.

January 7 holds significance as a turning point in Cambodian history as it is the day that the Cambodian people came back to life and began national reconstruction, said Vu Mao.

Liberation Day is also a symbol of the traditional friendly relations between the two fraternal countries, Viet Nam and Cambodia, he said.

Ambassador Vann Phal said the Cambodian people have great appreciation to Viet Nam for the events of January 7, 1979.

Viet Nam’s help and sacrifices had saved Cambodian lives, and helped fight the Khmer Rouge, he said.

He stressed Viet Nam’s timely assistance, saying that he appreciated that many Vietnamese soldiers died for the January 7 victory of Cambodia.

He thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people, and especially the families of those who died for the revival of Cambodia.

Phal said he wished for Viet Nam and Cambodia to maintain the fine friendly and neighbourly relations and comprehensive co-operation.

The celebrations took place with song and dance performances by Cambodian students studying in Viet Nam.

The HCM City chapters of the VUFO and the Viet Nam-Cambodia Friendship Association also held a function marking the Cambodian Liberation Day. — VNS

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