UN Assistant Secretary–General to Visit Cambodia
Friday, 11 February 2011 08:45 DAP-NEWS/VESNA
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 11, 2011-Dr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific, will visit Cambodia next week to address the 4th Cambodia Economic Forum, a press release from UNDP here said on Friday.
“He will meet with high-level government officials to discuss the country’s economic and social prospects in the near future. Dr. Chhibber arrives in Phnom Penh on Sunday 13 February for his visit which aims to strengthen the partnership between the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNDP in advancing socio-economic development to reduce poverty in the country,” it added
During his stay, Dr. Chhibber will meet with Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and other senior government officials. Discussions will cover issues of strategic importance, including the outlook of Cambodian economic recovery following the recent global economic downturn; aid effectiveness; the threat, impact and mitigation of climate change on the country’s economic and social growth; and local measures to accelerate achievement of the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
On Wednesday 16 February, Dr. Chhibber will address the 4th Cambodia Economic Forum, a high-level policy dialogue organized by Cambodia’s Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) that aims to influence strategic, long-term sustainable and equitable growth in Cambodia.
France Replies to Thai Reaction on Border Treaty with Cambodia
Friday, 11 February 2011 06:34 DAP-NEWS/CHAN VESNA
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 11, 2011- The French embassy in Phnom Penh has explained to Thai media and Thai officials about the border treaty between France and Siam in the earlier 19th century. France ruled Cambodia from 1863 -1953.
The response from French embassy here occurred after Thai media and Thai officials said recently. In response to media enquiries about the French offer to help resolve the current situation along the Thai-Cambodian border, Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson of Thailand, said there may have been some misunderstanding about the proposal as France had not offered to mediate between the two countries as some media had reported. Rather, France had expressed its readiness to provide access to maps of the region it had made in the early 20th century should any country wish to study or make copies of them.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson further stated that Thailand welcomed the offer. In fact, Thailand had in the past received good cooperation from Quai d'Orsay, which had given Thai officials access to their archives several times before. Should there be additional maps that Thailand has not yet examined, it would certainly consider examining such maps without prejudice to its boundary claims.
This Embassy (French embassy here) would also like to draw your attention to the last press release from the spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "La Direction des Archives du ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes conserve l'alternat français du traité franco-siamois de 1907 ainsi que les archives de la partie française de la commission de délimitation, parmi lesquelles des documents cartographiques. Ces archives sont accessibles et ont déjà été consultées au cours des dernières années. Nous apporterons bien entendu toute l'aide nécessaire à tout pays qui nous demanderait de consulter ou prendre copie de ces documents." French embassy said in its statement on February 10.
In an unofficial translation of the sentences, "The Archives Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has kept an official copy of the Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 and the archives of the joint delimitation commission's French side, notably some cartographic documents. These archives are opened and have already been consulted in the past few years. We will of course give our assistance to any country that would ask us to consult or to have copies of these documents." It stresses.
Thailand has stated to be afraid of Cambodia after it had invaded Cambodian soil since July 2008 at area near 11th century Khmer Preah Vihear temple. Thailand called 4.6 square kilometers near the temple as disputed area but Cambodia rejected, it is Cambodian land. France recently said that it will give border treaty made in 1904-1907 with Siam (Thailand) for clearness. Thailand is fearful of shame after international community expressed their support for Cambodia because Thailand invaded Cambodia soil
Cambodian Government Officials Pray for One Minute for Dead Soldiers in War
Friday, 11 February 2011 05:53 DAP-NEWS/VENG SAKADA
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 11, 2011-Cambodian government officials on Friday prayed for a minute for soldiers who died during fighting with Thai invasion recently.
The cabinet meeting today presided over by Samdech PM Hun Sen and all prayed for our great soldiers who sacrificed their lives for protecting our motherland from enemy, an official said.
Samdech earlier week expressed his thank for all political parties in the country supported his plan to defense the land at area near Preah Vihear temple from robberies that has always invaded shamelessly. Thai troops on 4 Feb invaded freshly at the area.
Former Cambodian King and Queen Mother Donate Gift for Soldiers and Citizens at Border
Friday, 11 February 2011 06:07 DAP-NEWS/VENG SAKANA
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 11, 2011-Cambodian Former King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother have donated the gift to soldiers and citizens at the border, a press release from cabinet of former king obtained On Friday.
“ The donation will provide to 3,000 families fled home from Thai invasion and soldiers at the battlefield, it stresses.
The gift for soldiers at the frontiers included $25,000, 500 large cases of instant noodles, 100 large cases of canned fish, 500 larges cases of mineral water, and gift for citizens included karmas, sarongs, noodles, and some cash.
Cambodia is waging war against Thai invasion at area near the 11th century Khmer Preah Vihear temple. Thai troops invaded Cambodia on July 15, 2008 after Cambodian enlisted the temple as world heritage site.