DPM Sok An’s Letter to UNDP Resident Coordinator
Phnom Penh, February 11, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An has sent a letter to Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), H.E. Douglas Broderick to inform him of new developments of the Cambodia-Thailand border conflict.
The letter dated Feb. 10 reads as follows:
NGOs Support Royal Government
Phnom Penh, February 11, 2011 AKP – Associations, NGOs and Unions of Cambodia issued on Feb. 10 a statement to support the Royal Government of Cambodia for requesting the president of the United Nations Security Council to call an urgent meeting so as to stop Thailand’s aggression on Cambodia.
Below is the full statement:
PM Meets Japanese Ambassador in charge of International Counterterrorism Cooperation
Phnom Penh, February 11, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here yesterday visiting Japanese Ambassador in charge of international counterterrorism cooperation, Mr. Takaaki Mojima.
In the meeting, Mr. Takaaki Mojima said the purpose of his visit to Cambodia was to participate in the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Anti-Terrorism.
He said Japan will do its best to cooperate with Cambodia for the success of the meeting, Ieng Sophalet, assistant to the Cambodian premier told reporters upon the talk.
For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen proposed to upgrade the meeting, from the Japan-ASEAN dialogue partnership to the Japan-ASEAN cooperation partnership.
Cambodia is ready to cooperate with Japan and in the ASEAN-Japan framework as well as with other partners in combating terrorism, he said.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed his belief that Japan will contribute to help Cambodia in fighting against terrorism.
Cambodia has been hosting the two-day (Feb. 10-11) ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Anti-Terrorism, which began in 2005. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
PM: Agriculture Is the Biggest Priority for Cambodia
Phnom Penh, February 11, 2011 AKP – Agriculture is the biggest priority for Cambodia. If we neglect it, it will be the big mistake for leadership policy, said Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
At a graduation ceremony held here on Thursday at the Royal University of Agriculture, the Cambodian premier recalled the success in the agricultural domain, stressing that Cambodia has changed from a country that lacked rice to a country that has the surplus rice for export.
“Our choice is to do our best so that a hectare of land, which fed five people, could feed from 10 to 20 people or more,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen, adding that irrigation system is the first challenge to be solved.
On the occasion, the prime minister highly appreciated the Royal University of Agriculture and the Prek Leap National School of Agriculture for their efforts in training human resources. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
H.E. Sok An Meets New Australian Ambassador
Phnom Penh, February 11, 2011 AKP – Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An, minister in charge of the Council of Ministers Office told new Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Ms. Penelope Ann Richards on Feb. 9 that the bilateral talks between Cambodia and Thailand are not successful.
Only the presence of the UN’s military observers as a neutral team could remove the accusation against each other, he said, while meeting with the Australian ambassador.
Cambodia will welcome the presence of UN’s Australian military observer on Preah Vihear Temple area if Australia offers to help solve the border conflict, he said.
The cause of the tense situation between the two countries is that Thailand used its own unilateral map which is not recognized internationally, he said.
He elaborated on the fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops in four days, saying Thai soldiers used heavy weapons, mainly cluster munitions, being fired on Cambodian land, which made the loss of the people’s lives and property and damaged the world heritage property.
Thailand violated the 1954 international convention on the heritage protection in the event of armed conflict and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, he said.
He told the Australian diplomat that Cambodia asked UNESCO to send experts to evaluate the damage of Preah Vihear Temple caused by the fighting of Thai troops and also called for UN buffer force to be put in place.
For her part, Ms. Penelope Ann Richards pledged to do her utmost to boost the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
She also said Australia asked the two countries to exercise utmost restraint and to continue to solve the border conflict by the peaceful means. –AKP
By THOU Peou