PM: Thai Aggression Is the Main Cause of Border Dispute with Cambodia
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has reiterated that Cambodia-Thailand border dispute is mainly due to Thai encroachment on Cambodian territory, not due to the listing of Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site.
“How about the Thai invasions in 1954 and 1962? Was it also because of the listing of [Preah Vihear Temple]?” asked the Cambodian premier at the celebration of the 13th National Cultural Day held here on Thursday, adding that this is Thailand’s ambition.
He said he was very surprised when UNESCO Special Envoy Mr. Koichiro Matsuura told him that Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya asked UNESCO to delist Preah Vihear Temple from the World Heritage Site.
Mr. Matsuura replied to them that the delisting is impossible because the temple is of outstanding universal value, he said.
On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen also called on Indonesia, the current Chair of ASEAN, to urgently send its observers to Cambodian border side if Thailand is still reluctant to accept.
According to the Cambodian prime minister, last Saturday, Indonesia sent Cambodia and Thailand the terms of reference including procedures of control and obligation of Indonesian observers at the disputed areas. “We replied to the Indonesia’s request not later than 24 hours, and provided 14 points to Indonesia to observe, and we will open further if necessary,” he said, adding, “The observers will be for 12 months and will extend further.”
“Up to now the Bangkok government said that its foreign minister and defense minister have not met each other on this issue, and its army chief said the observers will not be allowed to observe inside, just in limited areas,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen. “If Thai does not receive observers, Cambodia will receive alone.”
Premier Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen further reiterated that there will be no bilateral negotiations with Thailand on border disputed area. If Thailand wants to negotiate, it has to ask Indonesia to convene the meeting.
Cambodia continue to negotiate bilaterally with Thailand only in the fields of trade, tourism, etc., he underlined. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
Cambodian Premier Urges for Heightening National Culture and Social Achievements
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – Cambodian premier urged for a national unity to maintain, protect and develop the national culture and the social achievements with the aim of promoting the national prestige and dignitary.
Speaking at the closing of the Amateur Art Festival on the 13th National Cultural Day held here on Mar. 3, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said the Royal Government of Cambodia always adhered to a policy of the national solidarity to mobilize the people from all social circles of different political tendency, either home or overseas, in conformity to the motto “Nation-Religion-King”.
“The royal government also encouraged the cultural productions via the artists to create new works of art to disseminate the Cambodian culture to oppose to the negative one which flew from foreign countries and affected the national culture, manner and custom,” he said.
He said the event is important to hold up the national culture as an immortal one for the country’s prosperity in the future and to be conducted not only in conformity to the royal government’s policy program and the development plan of national art and culture, but also for joining all together to preserve and heighten the national heritage against the cultural war from the outsider.
The Cambodian premier considered the solidarity as a main element to ensure the sovereignty, the territorial integrity, the peace and the social development as well as the maintenance of the national patrimony forever. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by THOU Peou
Foreign Military Attachés Visit Preah Vihear Temple
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – A group of 17 military attachés from 12 countries paid yesterday a two-hour visit to Preah Vihear Temple and surrounding areas to see the damages caused by Thai artillery shelling in the recent war with Cambodia.
The group was welcomed at the temple by Cambodian Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense Gen. Neang Phat, Deputy Commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) for Preah Vihear Direction Gen. Chea Dara, and Deputy Commander of the Headquarters of Infantry Gen. Hun Manet.
“It’s a historical day for Cambodian army to welcome foreign military attachés for fact finding on Thai aggression against Cambodia,” said Gen. Chea Dara.
“Cambodia does not want war. […] The Cambodian army respects Premier Techo Hun Sen’s recommendation and supports the resolution of the United Nations Security Council and ASEAN on permanent ceasefire,” he stressed.
The foreign military attachés are from 12 embassies in Phnom Penh – Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, the U.S., Vietnam and New Zealand. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
Cambodian Drug Authority and Singaporean Embassy To Cooperate on Drug Checking
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – The National Authority for Combating Drugs of Cambodia and the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia have agreed to set up a relations team to operate on drug checking between both countries.
The commitment was made known here on Mar. 2 during the meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and President of National Authority for Combating Drugs H.E. Ke Kim Yan and Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia H.E. Premjith Sadasivan.
H.E. Ke Kim Yan recalled the good cooperation between Cambodia and Singapore, in the bilateral, regional and international frameworks. He also highlighted the achievements made by Cambodia and its partners in combating drugs and cross-border crimes. –AKP
By CHEA Vannak
Minister of Agriculture: Community Is a Way to Increase Farmers’ Income
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – Community is a way to increase farmers’ income, said Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Chan Sarun in the proclamation ceremony of the three newly-established communities in Kampong Chhnang province’s Rolea Phaear district.
On the Occasion, H.E. Chan Sarun told the farmers over the community’s interest such as providing more income, power and technical knowledge.
He also appealed to local authorities and organizations to further support community in order to develop and reduce poverty in community.
According to the report of General Department of Agriculture, farmers’ communities have begun since 2001 and currently there are 220 communities throughout the country. –AKP
By LIM Nary
Denmark, UK, New Zealand’s Grant to Cambodia
Phnom Penh, March 4, 2011 AKP – Denmark, the United Kingdom and New Zealand have jointly donated office buildings, vehicles and other equipment to the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction through Danida/Dfid/NZAid.
The handover ceremony was held here on Mar. 3 under the witness of Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction H.E. Im Chhun Lim and Minister Counsellor to the Royal Danish Embassy Mr. Tom Barthel Hansen.
Danida has donated more than US$3.5 million to support activities related to institutional development and human resource training, and the drawing up of land management plan in Cambodia, Mr. Tom Barthel Hansen said.
Over 700 communes/sangkats in 14 target provinces have been benefited from this financial assistance, he added.
For his part, H.E. Im Chhun Lim thanked the government and people of Denmark, the UK and New Zealand for their assistance to Cambodia.
The donation includes 12 office buildings in different provinces, two vehicles, computers, generators, etc. –AKP