Cambodian PM: It Is a “Real War”, Not an Armed Clash
Phnom Penh, February 10, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen called the fighting between Cambodia and Thailand at Preah Vihear Temple area a “real war”, not an armed clash.
In his speech in the closing ceremony of an annual conference held at Chaktomouk Theater Hall in Phnom Penh on Feb. 9 by the Ministry of Commerce, the Cambodian premier explained the term “real war”, saying that the fighting between both sides took place several days and heavy arms were used.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has to be responsible for a war crime because he ordered Thai soldiers to shoot Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple registered as World Heritage Site, he said.
“The shooting and destroying of the temple and pagoda is a war crime,” he stressed.
Thanking Cambodia’s political parties and civil societies for supporting the royal government’s legal action against Thai aggression, the Cambodian premier called on the Cambodian compatriots to join in a movement of the country protection against Thai invasion.
Refusing Thailand’s call for bilateral talks, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen appealed the UN Security Council to hold an urgent conference to solve the conflict problem between Cambodia and Thailand and asked for UN peace-keeping forces or UN observers to be sent to Cambodia.
At this time, Cambodia not only complains to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, but also the UN Security Council, he said. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by THOU Peou
Cambodian Economy To Increase by 6 Percent in 2011
Phnom Penh, February 10, 2011 AKP – Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom Cambodia, has expressed his optimism that the country’s economy will increase by 6 percent in 2011.
Premier Techo Hun Sen made the remarks here on Feb. 9 while he was presiding over the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the Ministry of Commerce.
Due to the increasing in textile, garment, agricultural, tourism and construction domains Cambodian economy is predicted to increase by 6 percent in 2011, he said.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) considers trade is a source of national economic growth. And from this concept, the RGC has been doing its best to reform this sector as well as other sectors, including infrastructure development, production, industry and human resource, and to strengthen and expand the international cooperation to accelerate Cambodian integration into the region and the world.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodian exports reached US$10.68 billion in 2010 from US$10 billion in 2009, or an increase by 6.8 percent. –AKP
By CHEA Vannak
Australia Continues to Boost Health Sector in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, February 10, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Health Minister H.E. Mam Bun Heng met here on Feb. 9 with Mrs. Penny Richard, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia.
On the occasion, the Australian diplomat told the health minister that the government of Australia will consider to further helping train Cambodian midwives in contribution to reducing the mother and infant mortality rate. She also praised the Ministry of Health for its efforts in providing tetanus vaccines for Cambodian pregnant women.
More than 95 million Australian dollars have been so far granted to the Kingdom of Cambodia for improving the health sector in Cambodia, she added.
In reply, the minister pledged to do his utmost in reducing the mother mortality rate, while the World Health Organization, World Bank and UNFPA announced a decrease of the mother mortality rate in Cambodia.
H.E. Mam Bung Heng said the Royal Government of Cambodia is committed to eliminate measles and tetanus of mothers and infants by the end of 2012. –AKP