Samdech Heng Samrin Leaves for AIPA Meeting in Indonesia
AKP Phnom Penh, May 6, 2011 – A high-ranking delegation of the National Assembly led by its president Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin departed here on Friday for Jakarta, Indonesia to participate in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) with the ASEAN heads of state/government, taking place from May 6 to 8.
The delegation was seen off at Phnom Penh International Airport by H.E. Nguon Nhel and H.E. Say Chhum, respectively First and Second NA Vice Presidents and other NA members.
At the meeting, Samdech Heng Samrin will deliver a speech related to security, socio-economy and good cooperation between neighboring countries, and urge the ASEAN heads of state/government to fully implement the ASEAN Charter.
The Cambodian delegation is scheduled to return home on May 8.
By SOKMOM Nimul
PM To Raise Thai Repeated Aggressions at 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta
AKP Phnom Penh, May 6, 2011 – Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will raise the issue of Thailand’s repeated acts of aggression against Cambodia at the ASEAN Summit to be held on May 7-8.
H.E. Sry Thamrong, Delegate Minister attached to the Prime Minister, told reporters this morning at Phnom Penh International Airport before the departure of the Cambodian delegation led by Premier Techo Hun Sen to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the 18th ASEAN Summit at the invitation of H.E. Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia.
This issue affects the ASEAN’s image because we are building an ASEAN Community, explained the delegate minister, adding that if the fighting continues, we can not build a harmonized ASEAN Community.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the meeting will discuss a wide range of issues including the Implementation of the ASEAN Charter and Roadmap for ASEAN Community, the Implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, the ASEAN External Relations, the ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations, and the Exchange of Views on Regional and International Issues, especially the situation at the border between Cambodia and Thailand.
At the end of the meeting, H.E. Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Chairman of the 18th ASEAN Summit will hold a Press Conference, and an Agreement on the Establishment of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) will be signed by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers.
On the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, Samdech Techo Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with President of the Republic of the Philippines.
By SOKMOM Nimul
Cambodian FM: ICJ To Hold a Session to Solve Preah Vihear Temple Border Issue on May 30
AKP Phnom Penh, May 6, 2011 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague will hold a session from May 30 to 31 to take necessary actions for Preah Vihear Temple border issue raised by Cambodia, said Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong.
Before leaving Phnom Penh International Airport on May 5 for the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, H.E. Hor Namhong, also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation told reporters that in the morning of May 30 Cambodia will be asked to present a statement for two hours, while in the afternoon Thailand will be asked to give a clarification for two hours.
“In the morning of May 31, Cambodia will be allowed to present arguments for half an hour, while in the afternoon Thailand will reply back,” he said.
ICJ will decide what urgent necessary actions will be taken to ensure a ceasefire, stability and security along the deputed border, as well as keeping the calmness so that ICJ could clarify the 1962 verdict on Preah Vihear Temple, he said, adding that the interpretation will take a little long time.
The Cambodian foreign minister recalled Cambodia’s petition filed on April 28, saying that Cambodia asked ICJ to take immediate necessary actions for how to make a ceasefire.
Cambodia has not just made a preparation for the resolution at this time, he said, we have prepared this matter for many years, referring to Cambodia’s preparation to enter the meeting to deal with the dispute issue requested by the Cambodian side to ICJ.
Cambodian team comprises lawyers from France, England, the United State and Australia, he said.
By THOU Peou
Statement of ICAPP Standing Committee on the Situation on the Border between Cambodia and Thailand
AKP Phnom Penh, May 6, 2011 — The International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) has issued a statement, expressing its concern on the situation that has risen on the border between Cambodia and Thailand.
The full statement reads as follows:
“Statement of ICAPP Standing Committee
on the Situation on the Border between Cambodia and Thailand
The Standing Committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), the most representative body representing the ruling, opposition and independent parties, at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 5, 2011, expresses its serious concern on the situation that has risen on the border between Cambodia and Thailand, particularly the recent clashes, including large-scale artillery operations, the use of cluster ammunitions and ground assaults. The ICAPP Standing Committee endorses the statement of the United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, urging both countries to take “immediate measures for an effective and verifiable ceasefire”. The ICAPP also urges the parties to establish a permanent ceasefire and resolve the situation peacefully through effective political dialogue.
The ICAPP Standing Committee welcomes the initiative of ASEAN, through its Chairman, Indonesia, for organizing a dialogue between Cambodia and Thailand. As peace-loving members of the international community, the ICAPP, voicing the sentiments of the Asian people, rejects as unacceptable the use of force and sincerely hopes that peace will prevail through dialogue and effective negotiation.
In this regard, the ICAPP Standing Committee expresses its willingness to play any role, that is desirable by both parties, to defuse the situation and to help ensure the return of normalcy on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. We also urge both sides to respect all international treaties and covenants under international law and the United Nations Charter. We ask the ASEAN leaders who will meet in Jakarta on May 7-8, 2011, in the ASEAN Summit to do their utmost to put the process in place for an effective and verifiable ceasefire, with the introduction of the ASEAN-designated Indonesian military observers.”
DPM Sok An’s Remarks at the 15th Meeting of the ICAPP Standing Committee in Kuala Lumpur
AKP Phnom Penh, May 6, 2011 — The following is the full remarks by H.E. Sok An, Standing Committee Member of the Cambodian People’s Party, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, Member of the ICAPP Standing Committee at the 15th Meeting of the ICAPP Standing Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 5, posted on the website of the Council of Ministers