His Excellency President and Madame
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen and Distinguished Guests
Today, I am delighted to participate in the inauguration of the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006 together with His Excellency Roh Moo-hyun President of the Republic of Korea and Madam in Siem Reap – Angkor which was an ancient capital of the civilized Cambodia and home of the marvelous Angkor Temples.
On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, may I express my warm welcome to HE Roh Moo-hyun, Madam, Ladies and Gentlemen who attend the inauguration of the World Culture Angkor-Geongju 2006 which is the significant result of the cooperation and is a notable event in the history of the relation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea.
The main purpose of the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006 is to show the importance and key role of cultures in the relations among races and countries in the world in order to make the world a place of peace and harmony among human being and between human being and nature. Moreover, the World Culture Exhibition shows the diversity of cultures and civilizations of East Asian countries through their brilliant heritage which is the legacy of Angkor civilization like the giant temples which have been showing up in the international arena in conformity with the preservation policy for a sustainable development.
Personally I am optimistic that the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006 event becomes a cultural Olympic movement which should travel to all countries all over the world for the sake of peace and harmony of human being.
Meanwhile, it is noteworthy that the foremost result of the cultural cooperation between our two countries, which has never happened in the Kingdom of Cambodia and become a great event on the tourist agenda of Cambodia for the years 2006-2007.
Indeed, this event is an achievement among others that the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea have realized during the last ten years after the resumption of the diplomatic relation between our two countries.
On behalf of the architect from the Cambodian side of the fruitful relation, may I take this opportune moment to express my profound thanks to the people and Government of the republic of Korea for their multiform supports for our efforts for the development of Cambodia. All these efforts are vital for reconstruction of the country and for poverty alleviation of our people to achieve real progress and prosperity.
We are extremely proud as the Kingdom of Cambodia is a nation possessing tradition, incomparable cultural heritage, rich of precious assets, archaeology, beautifully ecological system and diversified nature which give most favorable conditions to be chosen as the venue of the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006 event.
I believe that the organization of the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006 enables us to find more deeply the significance of the relations between cultures and tourism aiming at strengthening the long-lasting and fruitful partnership in order to enhance the sustainable tourist development of our two countries.
Once again, may I thank HE Roh Moo-hyun, President of the Republic of Korea, who has sent experts to work with together with the Cambdoain experts as they not only contribute to the efforts to make this exposition successful but also transfer their knowledge and skills to the Cambodian officials. This is a generous gesture for the human resource development of Cambodia.
To conclude, may I once again express my deep thanks and wish Your Excellency, Madam, Ladies and Gentlemen as well as the multi-national artist groups who are contributing to the support of the World Culture Expo Angkor-Geongju 2006’s great success, good health and have a safe and pleasant stay in the beautiful land of Angkor./.