Address on the Occasion of the Closing of the 2013-2014 Stocktaking and 2014-2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
Dear Participants!

Today, it is my honor and pleasure to participate in the Closing of the 2013-2014 Stocktaking and 2014-2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. At the outset, I would like to congratulate on the best result of the conference, considered as an important annual event of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS).  Indeed, through this conference, we are able to see not only a proud result that the management and all education officials have achieved, but also an opportunity for all stakeholders to understand and further participate in implementing comprehensive reform program of education sector in the spirit of ensuring our national education sector to be more developed responding to new trends of Cambodia’s Socio-economic situation and global trends.

Remarks at the Closing of the 36th Health Conference

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Distinguished local and International Guests
All Participants!

Today, I am delighted to attend the closing of this important 36th Health Conference held for the last two days. Indeed, this conference has provided all of us a chance to review the achievements, opportunities and challenges to work together on formulating and implementing the new action plan in consistency with the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs) in the health sector, setting priority areas to be implemented in 2015 and setting direction for the coming years to achieve success and ensure the fruitful outcome and prosperity for our society.

Keynote Address on the Occasion of Cambodia Outlook Conference 2015: A Partnership of CDRI and ANZ Royal Bank “ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and Beyond: Reform Agenda”

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am honored and delighted to deliver the keynote address in this important Cambodia Outlook Conference 2015 held under the theme of “ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and beyond: Reform Agenda”. This is the ninth occasion on which I have attended and delivered keynote address in this outlook conference. I once again congratulate the CDRI and ANZ Royal Bank on their initiative to organize this annual conference which brings together government officials, representatives of the private sector, the research community, NGOs and development partners to review achievements and challenges to find the best way forward for the cause of the national interest.

Speech at the 17th Anniversary of the National Cultural Day and the Closing of the National Youth Arts Festival

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Master artists, veteran artists, artists, professors and students, 

Today, it is my pleasure to once again attend the 17th Anniversary of the 3 March National Cultural Day organized under the theme of “Youth for National Culture,” and the closing of the National Youth Arts Festival. The March 3 National Culture Day is a very important national day celebrated for the cause of cultural preservation and promotion. In this spirit, the Royal Government of Cambodia has designated the 3rd of March as National Cultural Day to be celebrated nationwide aimed to boost patriotism and passion for culture among the people from all walks of life both inside and outside the country.

Speech at the Launch of the National Literacy Campaign 2015

Excellencies, Ladies, Gentlemen,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
Delegates from the Municipal and Provincial Office of Education!

Today, it is my great honor and pleasure to attend the Launching of the National Literacy Campaign 2015.  On behalf of the Royal Government and my own behalf, I would like to congratulate and highly appreciate the efforts made by the management of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and its officials nationwide, UNESCO as well as development partners who have unanimously consented to launch this National Literacy Campaign 2015 today. This is an important task for us all to continue paying high attention constantly. 

Address at the International Conference on the Responsibility to protect: Progress, Challenges and Opportunity in Asia Pacific: “Cambodia Takes the Leading Role in the Prevention of Genocide in ASEAN”

Your Royal Highness
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished National and International Guests!

It, today, is my great pleasure to attend the International Conference on “the responsibility to protect: Progress, Challenges and Opportunity in Asia Pacific” with participations from foreign expert, representatives from the United Nations, ASEAN and International Organizations, and other sectors across in the World. Taking this opportunity, on behalf of the Royal government of Cambodia and myself, I would like to appreciate the conference organizers, especially the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace under the chairmanship of HRH Samdech Norodom Sirivudh, and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and its Director, Dr. Alex Bellamy, for hosting this important conference.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Opening of the International Confernece on Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Challenges and Opportunity in Asia and the Pacific

In addition to the prepared text addressed to the opening of the above international conference, Samdech Techo made off the cuff comments on issue of the genocide and its trial as selected here followed.

Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen

Please allow me to make comments on this issue since we have the presence of a very important colleague, HE Gareth Evans. First of all I wanted to address HE Gareth Evans what made him criticize me last year? I have no way of knowing if it was really what HE had said or it was a wrong publication by the newspaper. We have been good friend for a long time. The point here is I am not clear in my mind why (you) criticized me. However, Gareth Evans played a major role on issue of peace in Cambodia. Gareth Evans may still remember the point relating to Khmer Rouge issue in what was known to be initiative of Gareth Evans. He may remember I made it clear in the Paris Conference that “the suitable place for Khmer Rouge was not in the Supreme National Council but to stand trial before the court.

Address at the Closing of 2014 Stocktaking and 2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Interior

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to attend the closing of 2014 Stocktaking and 2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Interior. At the outset, I would like to express my commendation and appreciation to the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, sub-national administration, civil servants and police force for the physical and mental effort to deliver achievements to the nation and people to date.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Annual Review Meeting of the Ministry of Interior

Making further comments on the prepared text at the Annual Review Meeting of the Ministry of Interior Samdech Techo Hun Sen touches on a number of issues that are unofficially translated as followed:

Armed Forces – State Instrument

Today I wish to remind all of you on two important issues. Firstly, everyone should not forget that since after the general elections, Cambodia has just experienced calmness from early second six month of 2014, after a political conciliation was reached. Prior to the conciliation, there was an effort to topple the Royal Government through what they call “people’s power” or “color revolution.” They have declared that 2013 was the best year to change Hun Sen. External circles have asked two questions to Phnom Penh – a) is the Cambodian People’s Party still in unity. They gave a correct answer that they were; and b) were the Cambodian armed forces faithful to Hun Sen? or to the Royal Government? The reply from Phnom Penh was “not sure.” That has brought me to concluding that the demonstrations of September 15, 16 and 17 – 2013 were testing the armed forces position towards the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of National Day for Clean City: Success Clean City, Success Tourism [Unofficial Translation]

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made impromptu comments on a few issues as followed:

Marriage Park

I wish to bring up a few things in relation to tree planting. Some of you may have remembered that I have initiated what is called the marriage park, where trees are to be planted when people get married. The first of its kind was conducted in Kraing Yov commune, which has then replicated to other places. The movement has been in place for a while. It seems to have neglected now. I wish to see the movement come back. At various tourist destinations, we should encourage newly married couple to plant tree. Our problem is action is taken when I mention about it and it dies down when I do not recall.