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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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.

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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.

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Selected Extempore Comments during the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the National University of Management [Unofficial Translation]

Dealing with Unforeseeable Circumstances

Today, I am so happy to join with all of 4,415 graduates of the National University of Management in their graduation and diploma presentation ceremony. It is important for me to remind you that the most important factor in work is getting ready for unforeseeable circumstances. Just now, it is an unforeseeable circumstance in fact. When all four thousand people here stand to salute the national anthem, the music was not on. What can we do? If I were not to tell you to be at ease, we would have stood here.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for Graduates at the Svay Rieng University [Unofficial Translation]

January – The Month of Many Events

I am so happy to come here once again to present diploma to 1,026 graduates of the Svay Rieng University. I am so glad that we are meeting in a good environment and in the month of January, the month that we liberated our land from the genocidal regime of Pol Pot. This month, for me, also noted with many events. Firstly, I got married in January; secondly, we liberated the country and thirdly, my premiership started in this month too. I also have my eldest grandson’s birthday in this month. We also have this graduation and diploma presenting ceremony in January. I was in Tbong Khom to preside over the provincial infrastructural development.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Connection of the Bridge of Nak Loeung across the Mekong River, District of Loeuk Dek, Kandal Province [Unofficial Translation]

The Tsubasa Bridge and New 500 Banknote

I have a great pleasure today to join with HE Kazuyuki NAKANE, parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, on this auspicious occasion to cast concrete for final connection of the Bridge of Neak Loeung of 2,215 meters considered as the longest bridge in the country. Before going further, I would like to affirm two things.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Inauguration of the Hydropower Station of Russei Jrum Kraom, Mondul Seima District, Koh Kong Province [Unofficial Translation]

Biggest Hydropower Station So far

Today, I am so pleased to be able to join with our people to put into official use the 338 MW hydropower station of Russei Jrum Kraom – the biggest hydropower station we ever built so far. We used to put into official use the power station of only dozens of MW power. Today, we have a 338 MW power generation station which, for us, is a big scale of power station. As for China, on their Yangtze River, they built one of tens of thousands of MW. In 2018, we hope to have another hydropower station ready and it will produce up to 400 MW.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Groundbreaking Ceremony to Build the Newly Established Tbong Khmom Provincial Administrative Buildings [Unofficial Translation]

Imams of Islam, Excellencies and Lok Chumteavs, HE Governors of Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces of Vietnam, who have taken their precious time to attend today’s ceremony. My wife and I also convey our deep respect to elderly, uncles, aunts and compatriots. Today, we are so happy to be able to join with all of you – people and Buddhist monks and compatriots in the groundbreaking ceremony to build the administrative building and needed infrastructures of the provincial city of (the newly established province of) Tbong Khmom. As we are passing the year 2014 to 2015, and the forthcoming celebration of the 36th anniversary of the victory on 7 January 1979-2015, please allow me to wish you all the four Buddhist wishes.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the University of Agriculture at Chamka Daung [Unofficial Translation]

50th Founding Anniversary and 30th Reopening Anniversary of RUA-Chamka Daung

I am so happy to be able to join all of you, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen on the occasion of this graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 1639 students of the Royal University of Agriculture at Chamka Daung (RUA – Chamka Daung). I am grateful for the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and the University’s rector for organizing this ceremony here (at the National Institute of Education), which is not far from my house and convenient to other honored guests. Coincidentally, the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony happens right at the time when the RUA – Chamka Daung celebrates its 50th founding anniversary (December 1964/2014) as is reported in the report of Dr. Uk Rabun.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Meeting with Cambodian Workers in the Course of the Official Visit to the Republic of Korea [Unofficial Translation]

In the course of attending the commemorative ASEAN-ROK Summit in Busan, Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the time in his busy schedule to meet with Cambodian workers, from which CNV extracted and translated some of those comments.

Reasons Behind Accepting Cambodian Laborers to South Korea 

I would like to comment on why the government of South Korea accept the presence of our labourers in their country, especially in Busan. Is it because of the rivalry or the alliance between Cambodia and South Korea? On this issue, I would like to recall the truths on history of relationship between our two nations. As we all know, Korea was divided into two parts: North Korea and South Korea. There were times Cambodia worked with both of them, or worked only with the North side, and sometimes we work only with the South side. On the other hand, we have compromised according to our framework in foreign affair policy, and brought along a signing of diplomatic relations in 1996.

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