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Cambodia on Thursday celebrated the 13th national cultural day by calling for a national solidarity to protect and uplift national cultures against any cultural wars.
The celebration was held at the capital's Chaktomuk Hall with some 1,000 participants, who are mostly artists from across the country.
It was under the theme: "Cambodia, the kingdom of cultures, everything for the safety of cultures".
Speaking at the event, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the event is vital to encourage a national unity to maintain, protect and develop the country's cultural heritages.
"This year's theme aimed mainly at eliminating every campaign causing cultural war against Cambodia," said the premier, adding " at this point, I referred to Thai's attacks on our Preah Vihear temple."
"Take this opportunity, I'd like to call on our compatriots and all line ministries and institutions to join forces and closely cooperate to achieve the theme,"he said.
The premier said, "during the war on Feb. 4-7 between Cambodian and Thai troops, 414 shells of mortar and artillery fired by Thai troops had fallen on Preah Vihear temple, the World Heritage site. "