Archive for October 2012
DILI, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste Police (UNPOL) terminated mission in Timor Leste, the world’s youngest nation, on Wednesday and handed full policing power to the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), a statement from the UN said here.
The PNTL was certified by Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and Acting Special Representative of UN Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen, following a joint assessment by PNTL and UNPOL.
A ceremony was held on Wednesday here to mark the certification.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that PNTL is assuming full responsibility for maintaining law and order in Timor-Leste, ” Gusmao said in the statement.
“The PNTL has made significant progress in strengthening its capacity,” he said.
Gusmao thanked the UN and the international community for assistance in strengthening Timor Leste’s policing capabilities.
The PNTL and UNPOL had worked side-by-side for more than six years to develop PNTL’s capacity to maintain law and order in Timor-Leste, Nielsen said in the statement.
“The PNTL has taken big steps forward in that time and has performed well since taking on policing responsibility,” he said.
“Timor-Leste’s progress towards peace and stability and in strengthening key institutions including the national police means the country is ready for UNMIT (the United Nation Mission in Timor Leste) to leave,” said Nielsen.
The UN peacekeepers were deployed in 2006 after a political crisis and are due to leave the 10-year-old impoverished country by the end of this year.
BANGKOK, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Jarupong Ruangsuwan, a newly- elected vice prime minister of Thailand, has been chosen as the new leader of the ruling Pheu Thai Party as expected.
Being the only candidate for the party’s top post, the 66-year- old politician won without competition, pocketing 332 votes out of a total of 334 in the election on Monday.
The election of other executive committee members is still underway.
The election was necessitated by the resignation of Yongyuth Wichaidit as party leader earlier this month after he was examined on suspicion of malfeasance in connection with a land case.
The term of the executive committee terminated following his resignation.
Jarupong once worked at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Justice Ministry and Labor Ministry. He was named secretary general of the Pheu Thai Party in May 2011 and transport minister after the first cabinet reshuffle in January this year.
In the second cabinet reshuffle which was endorsed the King of Thailand last Sunday, Jarupong was moved from the transport portfolio to be vice prime minister and interior minister.
CPP’s propagandist on Cambodia disunification over outadted monarchism
Cambodia’s Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith holds here on Oct. 29 a press conference to clarify an article published on Oct. 26 by The Phnom Penh Post.
H.E. Khieu Kanharith said that the article, under the English title of “We should be united” and the Khmer title of “The future of monarchy is in the hands of the Cambodian People’s Party”, is an inciting article with an ill intention to divide the Khmer nation, especially to harm the relationship between the royal families and the Royal Government of Cambodia.
Relatives of Josef Stalin’s victims say Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders should have attended the annual tribute honoring the millions who died during Stalin’s rule.
30 October 2012
(Reuters) MOSCOW – Relatives of Josef Stalin’s victims commemorated the Soviet dictator’s repression on Tuesday and many condemned Russia’s leaders for not taking part.
Millions of people were executed or sent to prison camps under Stalin’s rule, but while thousands paid tribute to the dead at annual ceremonies on Monday and Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin stayed away.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev condemned Stalin in a blog, saying: “Josef Stalin and other leaders of the Soviet state at the time deserve the harshest assessment. It must remain in the annals of our history so that it never happens again. Because war with one’s own people is a very serious crime.”
But Medvedev, too, did not attend any ceremony, revealing the problems Russia has coming to terms with Stalin’s three-decade rule until his death in 1953 when the Soviet Union was the only global superpower to rival the United States.
“Our government does not like this kind of memory and that is why it keeps silent,” said Anna Volkova, a 31-year-old teacher attending a ceremony on Monday outside the Lyubanka building in Moscow that once housed Stalin’s security police, the KGB.
“It’s uncomfortable to live with such history.”
Memorial, a rights group that has archived Stalin’s repressions, has proposed that all political leaders mark the day, which has been held each year for two decades.
Yelena Sus, 24, whose grandfather was executed in 1938 and whose mother was born in a prison for political criminals, called for a gesture to acknowledge the crimes.
“Our country’s leaders have not yet apologized for this nightmare,” she said, while waiting her turn to read out her grandfather’s name, a candle in her hand.
“In our country we keep saying ‘Nazis tortured people’ – but we were no better.”
Putin, Russia’s paramount leader since 2000, has condemned the crimes of the Stalin era and described the Soviet system as totalitarian.
He took part in a 70th anniversary commemoration of a 1940 massacre by Soviet troops of 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals at Katyn forest in what was then the western Soviet Union.
But Putin has also praised Stalin’s role in the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two. Other Russians still laud him for the country’s rapid industrialization.
More than a third of Russians either do not believe the political repressions happened or are not sure, according to a poll by the FOM research group, and only 43 percent hold Stalin personally responsible.
Nearly half of Russians regard Stalin’s historical role as positive, according to another poll. Only 22 percent said his role was very negative – a third of the number 25 years ago.
Leonid Gudkov, head of the Levada Center which conducted that poll, says melodramatic movies and books in recent years have trivialized the Stalin era. He also criticized history education.
A high-school textbook, compiled with the help of a historian from Putin’s United Russia party, says repressions were a common occurrence under Stalin but also says that a lack of democratization after 1945 was a consequence of threats from the West during the Cold War.
Some Russians at the ceremonies said Russia continued to have a climate of political repression, citing the jailing of the Pussy Riot punk band over an anti-Putin protest in a church, and growing pressure on the opposition.
“If I were taking part in a public meeting today as a high-ranking official, I would be afraid to talk to people, who would ask me …. what about the current political repressions?” said Valentin Gefter, a member of the Kremlin’s council on human rights.
Some Russians demand more openness about the past and more freedom in the future.
“The authorities must explain the fate of every person who went missing,” said Viktor, an 82-year-old whose father disappeared in 1937. “We are intimidated – we were born trembling and we tremble now.”
By Kok Sap, 29 October 2012
What’s happening in Cambodia could be called Sihanouk children in rivalry. It is the historical irony of the dark side of Cambodia leadership in modern democracy.
People still remember on 30 October 1951 when young King Sihanouk let his future arch enemy ex-PM Son Ngoc Thanh returning home from house arrest in Poitiers, France. Thousands of people had lined up the streets to welcome the return of one of the enlightened political independence campaigners and foes of the totalitarian King Sihanoukvarman II.
The similar scenario is happening again in Cambodia. On 27 January 2010 the provincial Svay Rieng court convicted and sentenced Mr. Sam Rainsy, in absentia, and other two defendants for 2 year prison time with punitive fine $15,180 for the alleged crime with no substantiated proof of the malevolence against the state. This supposedly called crime was his act on behalf of Cambodian national interest and the constituency.
People has mixed feeling on how the court ruling against Sam Rainsy. Because of that he was unjustly stripped from his parliamentary duty without given due process in the rule of laws before the court. In fear of personal safety, Mr. Sam Rainsy was forced to return to his home in Paris, France where he continues campaigning for full democracy and respect of human rights in Cambodia.
Now many people wonder why Comrade Hun Sen is so fearful and threatened by Mr. Sam Rainsy, a non-violent person, especially in the event to mourn their beloved King?
In giving Mr. Sam Rainsy safe pass to pay last respect to the late King Sihanouk, will be politically correct and will gain more respect from Cambodia friendly nations in the UN for Comrade Hun Sen personal. It will set him apart from all of other politicians in his time and in the past.
No doubt, Hun Sen wanted to be a great statesman and strong political leader in ASEAN sphere and that should not stop him to be one. But in cliché, it does take one to be one. Thus he must show amiable restraint and compassion to his fellow political rival which it will empower Hun Sen in his political maturity and regional stature.
On 9 August 2012 before the Assembly, Hun Sen declared Cambodia lost no but will gain land from Khmer- Yuon border demarcation when it completed at the end of 2012. If his declaration is true then Sam Rainey’s criticism on matter shall shine more light in favor of Hun Sen’s patriotism. To let Sam Rainsy return home and to have his say before the court in due process with proper defense according to the constitutional provision will also help Hun Sen to stand taller in world political platform. But there was one thing to note, all of Mr. Sam Rainsy doings then were not on his own behalf but duty within the frame of his parliamentary mandate that guaranteed immunity protection.
In records Hun Sen has forgiven men included Prince Rannridh, Nhek Bunchhay, Ieng Sary, Ee Chhean, Ieng Vuth, and Meas Muth, who made a goal to cut Hun Sen up to pieces during the resistance war against Yuon occupation. Some of them become Hun Sen personal buddies and visionary advisors. Exceptionally for Ieng Sary, a known mass murderer on hybrid trial, Hun Sen pardoned and built him a nice villa for his family in 1996. Furthermore he appointed Pol Pot’s private servant Ee Chhean as Pailin governor with Ieng Sary’s son Ieng Vuth as deputy. Also Tep Khunnal, a long time Pol Pot confidant and personal aide until the last day of his life in April 1998, was made Malaii chief district until his recently retirement but to take up a higher profile job as his advisor on national security policies.
In comparison to all those men, the trained killers from Democratic Republic of Kampuchea or the like, Mr. Sam Rainsy is marginally dangerous to Comrade Hun Sen personal. In reverse it was Hun Sen who has been dangerous to Sam Rainsy personal since 1995. Although he knows his life has been endangered but yet Mr. Sam Rainsy maintains his respect and private cordiality toward fierce Comrade Hun Sen.
In one occasion before CPP wolf pack, Hun Sen berated and dressed down scolding Sam Rainsy when all were in a group bidding farewell and sending off their King to Beijing. To many surprises, in spite of Hun Sen’s incivility toward him, Sam Rainsy continued to show respect with smiles toward Comrade Hun Sen. By tradition, a man of younger age shall show respect to elder. In this case it was Hun Sen who was the younger. However; noticeably Mr. Sar Kheng, Heng Samrin and Chea Sim seemed embarrassed and unimpressed by Comrade Hun Sen’s misbehaviors.
From a man perception, I think Mr. Sam Rainsy is amiable and remarkably tolerant toward the person whose purpose in life is to destroy him. I believe he earned that much affection from the same late King as Hun Sen did. In political correctness, Hun Sen should set aside his personal grudge and let it not be the obstacle to show how compassionate a Cambodia leader he is.
In all consideration, there are more to gain in national spirit and political agendas for Hun Sen in allowing Mr. Sam Rainsy to enter the country to pay respect to the late Great Heroic King. This will inevitably set a record in recognizing Comrade Hun Sen human side in a time of mourning as a true loyal subject to his adopted father and a climbing statesman of the nation in which it needs moral aspiration and fraternal tolerance.
28 October 2012,(AKP)
Under the tourism development perspective by 2030, Cambodia will build another international airport in Kampong Chhnang province, some 90 kilometers north of Phnom Penh capital city, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said on Saturday.
Speaking at the land title certificate handover ceremony at Rolea Pa-ear district of Kampong Chhnang province, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the new international airport will be constructed on an area of 1,463 ha to replace the Phnom Penh International Airport, which could not support the increasing number of tourists in the future.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen asked those who live on the area not to build any strong building, saying that they will not get any land title certificates. Anyway, they are not requested to leave the area now and they can continue to live and do farming there, underlined Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Cambodia is expected to attract 7 million foreign visitors by 2020, while from 8 million to 10 million local tourists would visit different destinations in the country. It would thus generate some US$5 billion income per year and create some 800,000 jobs.
Last year, the tourism sector attracted 2.88 million foreign visitors, earning US$1.9 billion.