France Has Clear Documents Related to Preah Vihear Temple Issue
Phnom Penh, April 1, 2011 AKP – France has clear documents related to the Preah Vihear Temple issue, visiting French Secretary of State for Transport H.E. Thierry Mariani told Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in a meeting here today at the Peace Palace.
He further said France has paid high attention to Cambodia’s three important fields – culture, politics and investment. For the cultural field, France focuses on temple restoration and it has clear documents concerning the Preah Vihear Temple issue, he affirmed.
Regarding the political field, H.E. Thierry Mariani recalled France’s support to Cambodia’s peace seeking. For the investment field, he said he will sign an agreement with the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Municipality of Phnom Penh on Apr. 1 to conduct a study on transport issue in Phnom Penh.
In reply, the Cambodian premier deeply thanked the French government for its attention to the Cambodia-France relationship, Ieng Sophalet, assistant to Samdech Techo Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting.
Cambodia strongly hopes that the relationship and cooperation between the two countries will be closer and further developed, especially through the resumption of Air France’s Paris-Phnom Penh direct flight.
On the same day, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen also received Mr. Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air France, and Mr. Xavier Huillard, Chairman of Vinci.
H.E. Thierry Mariani led a delegation to join the inauguration of flight resumption between Paris and Phnom Penh on Mar. 31. According to the Embassy of France, during his visit from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, H.E. Thierry Mariani will be received in a royal audience by His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk and he is also scheduled to meet with the French and Cambodian business community as well as representatives of ministries involved in economic exchanges with France. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
PM Meets S. Korean Delegation
Phnom Penh, April 1, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen met here on Mar. 31 with a visiting delegation of South Korean Parliament led by H.E. Kim Jin Pyo, Parliament Member and President of Korea-Cambodia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
In the meeting, H.E. Kim Jin Pyo praised Cambodia for its rapid development in all sectors, especially the economic growth and political stability, Ieng Sophalet, assistant to Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, told reporters upon the meeting.
He expressed deep thanks to Premier Hun Sen for his endeavors to strengthen and consolidate the economic and political relations between the two countries, adding that Korea will further help Cambodia in all sectors including the investment.
In response, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed profound gratitude to the government of Korea for its assistance to Cambodia in all domains, particularly in economic and political fields.
Earlier on Mar. 30, H.E. Kim Jin Pyo was received by Cambodian National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.
On the occasion, H.E. Kim Jin Pyo invited Samdech Heng Samrin to visit the Republic of Korea.
In reply, Samdech Heng Samrin accepted the invitation to visit the Republic of Korea at his convenient time in the future. –AKP
By LIM Nary
Vocational Training Centre in Preah Vihear Province Inaugurated
Phnom Penh, April 1, 2011 AKP – A vocational training centre in Preah Vihear province was inaugurated Wednesday under the chairmanship of H.E. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers; and Pham Dinh Thu, Standing Secretary of the Vietnamese Gia Lai provincial Party Committee cum Chairman of the provincial People’s Council.
The centre is situated in Phum Thorm Cheat (the Village of Nature)-Samdech Techo Hun Sen, in Chorm Ksan district.
In his remarks, Preah Vihear Governor Oum Mara presented a report on the situation and achievements of the province, especially on the vocational training centre, which, he said, it will provide short-term and medium-term skills training on the reparation of small machineries, radios, tape-recorders, TVs, and wood processing for items of souvenirs; and vegetables growing and fish breeding.
On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An thanked the Party Committee and People’s Committee of the Vietnamese province of Gia Lai for their financial assistance to the building of the centre.
He said that the achievements reflected the Government’s attention and efforts in organizing the areas of the Preah Vihear Temples for socioeconomic development.
Deputy Prime Minister Sok An reiterated the wise directions of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, to have a special national working group established for organizing and developing the Preah Vihear Temples’ areas, including the construction of physical infrastructures – roads, bridges, water supply systems, schools, pagodas, health centres, museum, vocational training centre…and so on. –AKP
Article in Khmer by OUK Saphan
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H.E Chan Sarun Urges to Establish Animal Food Crop Research Centre
Phnom Penh, April 1, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Chan Sarun wished to establish an animal food crop research centre.
H.E. Chan Sarun has recently told the officials of Production and Veterinary Department to set up the centre and to promote local investors to invest in animal feeding.
The minister also asked the department to strengthen the veterinary service, information service as well as technical training. –AKP
Paris-Phnom Penh Direct Flight Resumed
Phnom Penh, April 1, 2011 AKP –Air France’s Airbus A340 landed for the first time yesterday afternoon at Phnom Penh International Airport, after thirty-seven years of interruption.
The Airbus A340 carried some 100 passengers, including French Secretary of State for Transport H.E. Thierry Mariani, chairmen and managing directors of Air France and Vinci.
A welcoming ceremony was held at the airport in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An, Tourism Minister H.E. Thong Khon and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Tram Iv Tek.
This ceremony marks Air France’s Paris-Phnom Penh flight resumption and the anniversary of the investment of Vinci in Cambodia, said H.E. Thierry Mariani.
The flight resumption reflects, he added, the French government’s will to promote the relationship between the two countries and it is also part of the harmonized integration strategy of the countries in the Great Mekong Sub-region.
For his part, Mr. Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air France, pledged to encourage more tourists to visit Cambodia because he had confidence in the country’s tourism potential and its cultural and natural richness.
Air France is planning to replace in May 2011 the Airbus 340 with a Boeing 777, with greater capacity, he added.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An said the flight resumption will play a key role in strengthening and developing the air transport services between Cambodia and France as well as between Cambodia and other European countries. It will also contribute to the civil aviation, tourism, economic and social development in Cambodia, he stressed.
According to him, Air France begun its direct flight to Cambodia in 1947 and it was halted in 1974 due to civil wars in Cambodia. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul