Selected Impromptu Comments at 17th Anniversary of National Cultural Day and the Closing of the Nationwide Youth Arts Festival

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo made extempore comments on a wide range of topics relating to culture, which have been selected and translated unofficially as followed:

Voluntarily Accept New Culture

It is important to preserve culture for generations to come. Culture is not an invasion. Frankly speaking, it is juts that people accept other culture voluntarily. France spent almost one century in Cambodia. What culture did they leave for Cambodia? Our people and Buddhist monks had done whatever they could to keep their identity – language and alphabets so to speak. Some countries have adopted French language after the French control. Cambodia did not. That was our strong point from the past. We should look into the strong point from the past to strengthen our present and future stand on culture.

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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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