Cambodia Rejects Statement of Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a statement, rejecting a statement made by the spokesperson of Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the deployment of Indonesian observers.
The following is the full statement of the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia dated Mar. 24:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to clarify on the news report concerning a statement made by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia on 24 March 2011 as follows:
1. The statement of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, as reported by the AFP on 24 March 2011, that Cambodia and Thailand have not yet agreed to accept the deployment of the Indonesian observers is completely contrary to the reality.
2. Cambodia has immediately given its acceptance of the Indonesian observers to the Cambodian side and has already indicated the coverage area for their deployment.
3. On the contrary, it is the Thai side that has rejected acceptance of the observers on Thai soil.
4. I wish to firmly reject this unfortunate statement made by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.” –AKP
PM Meets Sultan Haji Admad Shah of Malaysia’s Pahang State
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen met here today at the Peace Palace visiting Sultan Haji Admad Shah of the Pahang State of Malaysia.
In the meeting, Samdech Techo Hun Sen warmly welcomed the visit of the sultan to Cambodia, through which he said the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries will be further strengthened and expanded, Delegate Minister Attached to the Prime Minister H.E. Sry Thamrong told reporters after the meeting.
For his part, Sultan Haji Admad Shah thanked the Cambodian premier for taking his busy schedule to receive his delegation. He invited Samdech Techo Hun Sen to pay a visit to Pahang State.
The Cambodian prime minister accepted the invitation and recalled his visit to Pahang in 1996, stressing that he learned a lot from Pahang’s development.
Cambodia is situated nearer Pahang than Kuala Lumpur, he said, adding that it is easy for the trade exchange between the two states.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen invited Sultan Haji Admad Shah to pay another visit to Cambodia to visit the well-known Angkor temples in Siem Reap province.
Sultan Haji Admad Shah, who is also president of the Football Association of Malaysia, and his crown prince arrived in Cambodia on Mar. 24 for a private visit.
Following on the same day, Sultan Haji Admad Shah was received in a royal audience by His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
PM: Cambodian and Thai Bilateral Trade Must Be Balanced
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodia-Thailand bilateral trade must be balanced, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen told Thai diplomat here yesterday.
Cambodia will not let Thai products to be imported through Cambodia’s Pailin province for seven months if Thai customs officers attempt to block Cambodian products again, Premier Techo Hun Sen warned outgoing Thai Ambassador H.E. Prasas Prasavinitchai during a farewell meeting here yesterday, according to the premier’s assistant H.E. Ieng Sophalet.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen further expressed his satisfaction with the past joint art performances as well as the trade fair events between the two countries and also welcomed Thai traders and rice millers to Cambodia in the future.
On the same day, the outgoing Thai ambassador also bid farewell to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHIM Nary
Article in English by KHAN Sophirom
Cambodia Marks World TB Day 2011
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodia marked here yesterday the World TB Day 2011 under the presidency of Health Minister H.E. Mam Bun Heng.
On the occasion, Dr. Kosuke Okada, a JICA officer at the National TB Program, said TB is a public health issue in Cambodia with some 65,000 infected people per year or 180 per day.
He added that we are now working very hard to fight TB in Cambodia. He is convinced that the country will achieve TB elimination and management in the near future.
For his part, Dr. Mao Tan Eang, Director of National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, said Cambodia is moving to succeed its MDG on TB elimination as the country has maintained the recovery rate at over 85 percent through the use of DOTS service. –AKP
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Korean Medical Doctors Provides Free Diabetes Treatment at Preah Kossamak Hospital
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – A group of medical doctors from the Diabetes Association of the Republic of Korea has been providing free diabetes treatment to 1,000 Cambodian patients at Preah Kossamak Hospital, Phnom Penh.
Twelve medical doctors, three nurses as well as supporters and volunteers of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) join this three-day humanitarian mission which began on Mar. 25, according to a KOICA press release.
The Korean Diabetes Association has planned to provide medical equipment to the hospital, it said.
The mission is also aimed to mark the first anniversary of the cooperation between the association and the hospital. Both sides signed a MoU on diabetes treatment in 2010. –AKP
PM Gives Recommendations to Ministry of Education
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has recommended the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to continue to ensure fair access to education by expanding education program for young children.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the ministry’s annual meeting held here yesterday at the National Institute for Education, the Cambodian premier also called on the ministry to continue to construct more school building in response to the increasing number of students and to strengthen the informal education in parallel with the formal education.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen further stressed on the importance of education quality and effectiveness improvement, the institutional capacity building and development, and the efficient use of cooperation financing.
According to the ministry’s report, over 3.5 million students are currently attending 4,114 kindergartens, 6,767 primary schools, 1,596 lower secondary schools, 407 higher secondary schools and 91 higher education institutions throughout the country.
This figure shows that out of four Cambodians, one is in school, said Minister of Education, Youth and Sports H.E. Im Sethy at the opening ceremony of the annual meeting. –AKP
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Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
Draft of Public Procurement Law Discussed
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – The Ministry of Economy and Finance organized here on Mar. 24 a public consultation workshop to discuss the Draft of Public Procurement Law.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Keat Chhon said the one-day workshop was aimed to improve the Draft of Public Procurement Law so that it becomes more perfect and comes together with other laws.
The draft law was drawn up with the technical assistance from development partners under the public financial management reform program.
According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Public Procurement Law was first implemented in Cambodia in 1996 and it was amended ten years later. –AKP
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam Youths Boost Cooperation
Phnom Penh, March 25, 2011 AKP – Young people from regional countries of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam joined in a friendship meeting in Hanoi on Mar. 23.
The event, held by the Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, aims to create a forum for youths from the three countries to meet and exchange experiences in educating the young generation to treasure solidarity, promote traditional friendship as well as maintain peace and boost cooperation in the future, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The exchange, taking place on the occasion of the 80th founding anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Vietnam Youth Year 2011, is a chance for Vietnamese youths to promote the country’s image as well as introduce their Cambodian and Lao counterparts achievements that Vietnamese young people have contributed to the country’s construction and defense, said VNA.
In the framework of the event, participants will take part in a talk themed “Vietnam- Laos-Cambodia youths promote traditional solidarity and friendship for mutual peace, cooperation and development” to update each other on mobilising youth and promote youth’s roles in cooperation for socio-economic development of the three countries.
During the event, which will last till Mar. 30, Cambodian and Lao youths will meet with Vietnamese students and visit the country’s historical sites and landscapes. –AKP