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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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 Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the Western University [Unofficial Translation]

Peace and Development, Otherwise Instability and Destruction

I am so pleased to be able to meet with professors and students of the Western University today. We will have a diploma presenting ceremony together. I have noticed that more and more universities have chosen the Exhibition Centre of Koh Pich for their graduation and diploma presenting ceremony taking into consideration that there are more and more people attending their ceremonies. Mr. Te Norin, rector of the Western University, already clarified in his report about the progress made in the university. In fact, we have today 2,330 graduates – most of who have either found jobs or created ones for themselves – to be presented with diplomas. It is also a remarkable note to keep that 70% of those in pursuit of their studies also are carrying out life of work and study together.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the University of Human Resource, Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

I am glad to join with all of our Buddhist monks, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, on this graduation and diploma presenting ceremony of the Human Resource University (HRU) for its 1794 graduates. The report of the HRU’s leader, once again has taken our attention to the development of the HRU, which has in fact started as a non-governmental organization. The progress made concerning the development of human resource here witnesses the share that HRU contributed and the growing relations HRU has with other institutions as partner. It is indeed my pleasure to see that we have assured expansion of education with the help of the private sector.

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