Selected Impromptu Comments at the Groundbreaking Ceremony to Build the 182 Kilometres National Road 55 in Pursat Province [Unofficial Translation]

Elegant Rice Species

I am so happy to be able to return once again to Pursat province where fifteen years ago on 18 March 2000 I was here for the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Road 56. Today we are here to launch another groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the National Road 55, which is running some 182 Kilometres. I am so joyful to see that from day to day we have put into operation various completed infrastructural achievements and opened new construction projects. That is what we call development. I could recall that from here in the year 2000 I also inaugurated a primary school and junior secondary school buildings. I also provided two additional school buildings making the whole school complex funded by me.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Meeting with Cambodian Workers and Students in Malaysia

HE Sam Rainsy and Lok Chumteav,
Samdech Preah Anuj Preah Norodom Arun Rasmey,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Culture of Dialogue – Cambodia’s Unique

I am so pleased today to be able to take a presence here together with HE Sam Rainsy and Lok Chumteav in this very happy meeting with all of our workers and students who are staying legally for work and study in Malaysia. I thank HE Sam Rainsy the initiative to have such a meeting while we are staying in Kuala Lumpur. I appreciate his thought and preparation to take the opportunity that we are all present here. HE Sam Rainsy proposed the idea and sent me an SMS while I was in Jakarta. I think it is a good chance that we can be present together in this auspicious time to meet with our people working in Malaysia at a time that the Khmer New Year just passed recently.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Opening of the Sangkranta Angkor 2015 in Siem Reap Province

Think of Grower When Eating Fruits

My warmest welcome to the Buddhist monks, members of the Senate, HE Sam Rainsy, the minority leader and Madame, Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires, foreign guests who are present here. I also welcome youth representatives from ASEAN and East Asian countries and members of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC). Since we also have the live coverage of this event, please allow me to also express my sincere greetings (over the Khmer New Year) to our compatriots in the Kingdom of Cambodia as well as abroad. Equally, our thoughts, my wife and I, are with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces members who are currently in Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Mali.

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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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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 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 Comments at the Opening of the 8th Regional Anti-corruption Conference of the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific [Unofficial Translation]

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo made the following comments on source of corruption, bon how accurate information and transparency help make bribe free and clean investment, corruption as one of the oldest diseases in the world, and appreciating any first coming investors.

No Corruption in 1980s

The central office of the Anti-Corruption Unit is formerly the command headquarters of the armed force since the French time. I would remind you that from this command headquarters, war was made under the French colony and later the war between 1970 and 1975. Later than that this place was also used for war matter. Now we have used this place as command centre against corruption. If delegates have time, maybe it is a good idea how we make war command centre into central office of Anti-Corruption Unit.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation Ceremony of Norton University [Unofficial Translation]

With Peace We Make Education

I am so happy to return for the graduation ceremony for 2,501 students of the Norton University. The University’s rector Chan Sokheang has made a report already relating to the progress made by the University. All I could recall is that the University was the one that actively takes part in the implementation of the Royal Government’s policy on issue of private investment in the field of education. I remember that in 1997, I came for the inauguration of the university itself. I am quite encouraged by the fact that in time that the country was still in war, the rector, who was then a single man, dared to invest in establishing this university.

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