PM Hun Sen Asks Indonesia to Remain Observer in 2012
Phnom Penh, February 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has put forth an initiative by proposing Indonesia to maintain its role as observer when Cambodia chairs ASEAN in 2012.
Premier Techo Hun Sen revealed his initial initiative here yesterday while he was presiding over the closing ceremony of the Ministry of Interior’s annual meeting.
We ask Indonesia to remain observer in 2012 in the name of ASEAN not ASEAN Chair, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The Cambodian prime minister also asked Indonesia to quickly send its observers to Cambodian-Thai disputed border areas.
At the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers in Jakarta on Tuesday, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to host the Indonesian observers to monitor the ceasefire on either side. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by KEO Chandara
UN Special Rapporteur Praises Cambodia for Good Cooperation
Phnom Penh, February 25, 2011 AKP – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Mr. Surya Prasad Subedi has praised the royal government for its good cooperation during his ten-day mission in Cambodia.
At a press conference on Feb. 24 at the end of his mission, Mr. Surya Prasad Subedi said his talks with the Cambodian premier and other high-ranking officials were held openly and in a friendly atmosphere.
He further expressed his satisfaction with his meetings with Cambodian Parliament’s members and representatives of political parties and civil society.
The Royal Government of Cambodia has gained many achievements in improving the human rights situation, he stressed.
Mr. Surya Prasad Subedi went on to say that his mission this time focused particularly on examining the Cambodian Parliament’s capacity to improve people’s rights and democratic norms.
In the meantime, the UN special rapporteur also expressed his concern over some issues related to human rights situation in Cambodia, especially freedom of expression and land rights. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
DPM Keat Chhon: Japan Remains Cambodia’s Key Development Partner
Phnom Penh, February 25, 2011 AKP – “Japan has been the key development partner of Cambodia,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Keat Chhon said.
The Japanese government and people have so far provided almost US$2.000 million in grant in contribution to Cambodia’s development, H.E. Keat Chhon told Mr. Arai Izumi, vice president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during their meeting here on Tuesday.
The Cambodian deputy prime minister also briefed his guest on Cambodia’s development and achievements as well as the economic situation.
In 2011, Cambodian economic growth is expected to reach around 6 percent when the inflation is under control, he said. –AKP
Article in Khmer by HUN Yuth Kun
Article in English by KHAN Sophirom
UNESCO Supports Cambodia’s Underwater Heritage Project
Phnom Penh, February 25, 2011 AKP – UNESCO has supported and proposed Cambodia to be the host country of an underwater heritage management workshop in 2012.
Cultural officials from Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand are expected to attend the workshop to be held in Preah Sihanouk or Koh Kong provinces, Mrs. Anne Lemaistre, UNESCO country representative, told Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts H.E. Him Chhem here on Feb.23.
She also encouraged Cambodia to submit a request to enlist any form of intangible heritage as a UNESCO World Heritage before Mar. 31, 2011.
In reply, H.E. Him Chhem deeply thanked UNESCO for its good and close cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia in preserving cultural heritages, both tangible and intangible.
He further asked UNESCO to help train Cambodian cultural officials, especially in managing underwater heritage.
Cambodia ratified the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in 2001.
Cambodia successfully enlisted the Historic Site of Angkor as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and Preah Vihear Temple in 2008. Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet) and Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet) were proclaimed masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity respectively in 2003 and 2005. --AKP
Opinion: The Confession of Sin
Phnom Penh, February 25, 2011 AKP – The maneuverings of Thailand politicians through the labyrinth of Thailand internal unnecessary legal and parliamentary procedures in conjunction with the three agreements on the documents reached by the JBC meetings in Siem Reap in November 2008, in Bangkok in February 2009 and in Phnom Penh in April 2009 accidentally show up as the confession of sin by Democrat Party Member of Parliament Atthawich Suwanphadi, spokesman of the house committee when he said that “the committee had not decided whether to approve the JBC minutes but it would submit its recommendation on the issue to parliament for consideration,” as reported by the Bangkok Post Online on 25 February 2011 under the title: “Asean observers await their orders”. How much longer the maneuverings will take time, only hell knows.
Will Thailand heeds the wishes of the U.S.?, as the same article of the Bangkok Post Online reported that “State Department spokesman PJCrowley said on Wednesday the US also supported the Asean foreign ministers’ call for Cambodia and Thailand to resume bilateral negotiations ‘at the earliest opportunity.’”
It makes no use to comment on the matter.
The ASEAN, the UNSC, other International organizations, and the U.S. separately would take note on their own where are the facts, what is the truth, and where are the implications of the rule of international law.
Prof. Pen Ngoeun
Senior advisor and member of the Academic Committee
Puthisastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
Former Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics
Pannasastra University of Cambodia,
Former Assistant Controller at Phibro Inc.,
A subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., New York City, USA, until 2000
(The comment are solely the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Royal Government of Cambodia)