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.

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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.

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