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Ying..uck, Horny Sen to meet over border dispute

Sorry loser Siam cried foul over Preah Vihear

Sorry loser Siam cried foul over Preah Vihear

BANGKOK (The Nation) – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to discuss the Preah Vihear border dispute with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen when she visits Phnom Penh early next month.

However, the talks will not have any impact on the ongoing World Court case between the two countries, National Security Council secretary-general Pharadorn Phatthanathabutr said yesterday.

Yingluck is scheduled to attend the funeral of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk on February 4.

Thailand and Cambodia are fighting a case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the historic site, which has marred bilateral relations and resulted in border fighting on several occasions. The final oral hearing at the World Court is scheduled for April, and the verdict is expected in late October.

A meeting of a bilateral committee is scheduled for February 28 to discuss a joint landmine-clearing operation and troop deployments, Pharadorn said.

On the Preah Vihear court case, Pharadorn said Yingluck had ordered a full-scale legal battle, and advised all committees at all levels to cooperate fully. She also said the Thai government would strictly comply with all conditions mandated by an injunction ordered by the ICJ.

Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana, a legal adviser to the government, will meet a team of Thai lawyers in London on February 8 and 9, and the results will be reported to Thai authorities including Yingluck. “By then, the Thai government’s direction in fighting the case would become clearer,” Pharadorn added.

Deputy Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Natthawut Phothisaro said the closing statement to be made in the oral hearing was nearly complete, and that ongoing verbal disputes between Hun Sen and Democrat Party leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva would not put Thailand at a disadvantage.

Natthawut said the ICJ had not raised disputes over the border demarcation relevant to the Preah Vihear temple dispute at any point during the previous session. Thailand will stress that the ICJ cannot make any ruling that concerns issued unrelated to the original three disputes already addressed in a 1962 verdict.

The 1962 ruling stipulated that the temple is located on areas under Cambodian sovereignty, that Thai troops were to be withdrawn from the temple and areas around it, and that Thailand return to Cambodia artefacts belonging or attached to the temple that were acquired since 1954.


Thousands attend Sihanouk’s funeral rehearsal

Phnompenhpost 28-01-2013 Thousands of people assembled near the Royal Palace early on Saturday morning and took part in a rehearsal procession that moved slowly along Sisowath Quay, an event that will be repeated later this week for a crowd as large as 1.5 million when the funeral of King Father Norodom Sihanouk begins.

Niek Bun Chhay, deputy director of the government’s committee on the funeral, said more than 3,000 government officials, police, teachers, students, monks, Red Cross volunteers and others participated in the exercise.

“They made an effort to do well, because this was the last rehearsal,” Chhay said.

The government expects the real procession to draw an even more participants and span 2,000 metres at a time along the six-kilometre route.

The procession will begin at the newly constructed crematorium beside the Royal Palace – where Chhay estimates 600,000 people have paid their respects since Sihanouk’s death – then head north on Sisowath Quay to Wat Phnom, turn south on Norodom Boulevard to Independence Monument and circle back to the crematorium.

Businesses and schools along the route have been asked to close on Friday to clear the way.

“Traffic police are prepared to stop travel on the main roads,” said Phnom Penh Municipality spokesman Long Dimanche.

Saturday’s rehearsal covered only the part of the route between the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, but participants were fully outfitted in military uniforms, mourning garments and other ceremonial apparel, with groups holding pennants and playing drums, cymbals and horns.

Phnom Penh businessman Vong Thy, 55, called the procession “very big and beautiful – suitable for a king”.

“When I saw the procession, I felt shocked, because it’s nearly the day of the late King’s cremation, when he will say goodbye to his people,” A Noun Tim, 80, who came from Ratanakkiri on Friday to watch, said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced 13 foreign leaders will attend the February 4 cremation, including four prime ministers: France’s Jean-Marc Ayrault, Thailand’s Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s Nguyen Tan Dung and Laos’s Thongsing Thammavong.

Although business went on at some riverside establishments, many tourists gathered to watch the rehearsal.

“I’m so fortunate to have been here during this time,” said Australian national Bev Wood, whose intended tour of the capital’s markets was blocked by the procession.

Written by Kham

28/01/2013 at 9:23 pm

King Father’s daughter chosen to lead royalist party…polygamist’s daughter aimed above waist line

Phnompenhpost 28-01-2013 Committee members of the royalist political party Funcinpec have decided to nominate Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, the youngest daughter of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, as their president​ and candidate for prime minister in July’s national elections.

Funcinpec spokesman Tum Sambol said yesterday the decision was made over the weekend and Rasmey came from a political background with an impeccable résumé that includes a 2008 run for the premier’s seat and the current ambassadorship to Malaysia.

“We selected Princess Arun Rasmey as our premier candidate to encourage women into politics, and, secondly, she has never had negative experience. Thirdly, she is the daughter of the late King Father,” he said.

Sambol added that Rasmey will be officially elected during the party congress in March.

Her family, Funcinpec and Cambodian politics have all entwined since Sihanouk first founded the royalist party in 1981. Rasmey’s husband, Keo Puth Rasmey, was a one-time president of Funcinpec. Her brother, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, led the Funcinpec party to electoral victory in the 1993 UNTAC-sponsored elections.

Ranariddh was co-prime minister in the “two headed” government with Hun Sen for four years until 1997, when Hun Sen ousted him during bloody factional fighting.

Since then the party’s fortunes have faltered, with repeated decline in the number of National Assembly seats. When Ranariddh set out on his own with the Norodom Ranariddh Party, the venture came to naught in an acrimonious attempt to merge with Funcinpec last year.

Kuol Panha, executive director of local election monitoring group the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, said yesterday Funcinpec would benefit from female candidates, but the party must have a clear political platform on women’s issues.

Tep Nytha, secretary general of the National Election Committee, said 53 per cent of all eligible voters are women.


Mekong countries not opposed to Xayaboury dam

28-01-2013 VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times / ANN) – Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries are not urging Laos to halt construction of the Xayaboury dam in northern Laos as has been reported in some foreign media outlets.

At meetings of MRC members held in Luang Prabang province, Laos, last week, none of the three members who are Laos’ immediate neighbours voiced opposition to the Xayaboury hydropower project, which is now under construction in Xayaboury province.

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam agreed that Laos should continue to improve the design of the run-of-river dam with a special focus on minimising the impacts on sediment flows and fish migration.

They also called for a comprehensive study of all development activity along the Mekong River, closer monitoring of development projects, and wider dissemination of information regarding development.

According to a statement by the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Dr Nguyen Thai Lai, provided to the MRC meetings, Vietnam expressed concern about the possible adverse impacts of the Xayaboury project and other developments on the Mekong.

He called on all four countries, and MRC development partners, to support implementation of the Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River.

The study will assess the relationship of six impacts on the use of Mekong River water: irrigation, agriculture and land use, domestic and industrial use, flood protection structures, hydropower and transport.

Permanent Vice-Chairman of the Cambodian National Mekong Committee, Mr Sin Niny, said in a statement that Cambodia encourages MRC members and donors to mobilise all resources and efforts to support the implementation of the study.

He told donors he would ensure that sound Mekong River Basin development planning and management could be done jointly and in a sustainable way, for the sake of the riparian countries.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Mr Viraphonh Viravong said the Lao government joins other MRC countries in wanting to accelerate the comprehensive study “so that all the impacts – not only hydropower – will be assessed in order to help ensure sustainable development on the Mekong River.”

He added that Laos also wants a flow of information and data to be established for more effective monitoring of development in the Basin.

“There is a mountain of information with us and we want to make sure that we can hand over the relevant information to the concerned organisations,” he said.

Mr Viraphonh, who is Vice Chairman of the Lao National Mekong Committee, questioned the motives of those in media and international organisations who continue to suggest that some MRC member countries are calling for a halt to the Xayaboury project.

“We don’t understand why the foreign media and some NGOs insist on pitting MRC member countries against each other when the facts, the minutes and the proceedings of meetings clearly show that the member countries are not opposed. The Lao government has a responsibility to develop national hydropower resources in a sustainable manner for the benefit of our people, but those who continue to voice opposition have no responsibility to the Lao people.”


Written by Kham

28/01/2013 at 9:16 pm

Khmer Rouge tribunal to hear new witness testimony on Monday

28-01-2013 PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) – The Khmer Rouge tribunal said Friday it would hear new witness testimony next week following the discharge of former head of state Khieu Samphan from hospital.

A statement by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia said the testimony on Monday had been scheduled for the whole day.

“The trial chamber will then continue to hear submissions on documents the co-prosecutors seek admitted as evidence on Wednesday 30 Jan and Thursday 31 Jan,” it said.

The statement said Nuon Chea, the former deputy to Pol Pot,  had waived his right to be present during testimony.


រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីក្រសួងទេសចរណ៍ ប្រកាសលុបបំបាត់ការប្រើពាក្យ “ទុក ទុក” ដោយយកពាក្យ “រ៉ឺម៉ក”

២៥​  ០១  ២០១៣

ភ្នំពេញ: រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួងទេសចរណ៍ លោក ថោង ខុន បាន​ជូនដំណឹង​ដល់​សាធារណជន និង​ទេសចរ​ជាតិ អន្តរជាតិ​ទាំងអស់ ឲ្យ​បាន​ជ្រាបថា បច្ចុប្បន្ន មានការ​កើនឡើង​ឥតឈប់ឈរ​ពីមួយថ្ងៃ​ទៅមួយថ្ងៃ នៃ​ទេសចរ​ជាតិ និង​អន្តរជាតិ ហើយ​ប្រភេទ​សេវាកម្ម​ទេសចរ​ផ្សេងៗ ក៏​ជាទី​ពេញនិយម​របស់​ភ្ញៀវ​ផងដែរ​។

ថោង ខុន ឡប់មែន ទែនហើយ !!??? រទេះសណ្តោង  (ផ្រាំងហៅ Remorque  រ៉ឺម៉ក  យួន moóc)

ថោង ខុន ឡប់មែន ទែនហើយ !!??? រទេះសណ្តោង (ផ្រាំងហៅ Remorque រ៉ឺម៉ក យួន moóc)

ទន្ទឹង​នេះ លោក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ថោង ខុន បាន​លើកឡើងថា “​យើង​បានកត់សម្គាល់​ឃើញថា សាធារណជន​មួយចំនួន កំពុង​តែមាន​ការយល់​ច្រឡំ​ដោយ​ប្រើពាក្យ “​ទុក​ទុក​” (Tuk Tuk) ចំពោះ​ប្រភេទ​មធ្យោបាយ​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​លក្ខណៈ​រ៉ឺម៉ក​។ ដើម្បី​រក្សា​នូវ​ពាក្យ​ដែល​យើង​ធ្លាប់បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​ជា​យូរ​មកហើយ យើង​ត្រូវ​នាំគ្នា​ប្រើពាក្យ “​រ៉ឺម៉ក​” ជំនួស​ពាក្យ “​ទុក​ទុក​” វិញ​ជា​ប្រការ​ល្អ​ជាង​”​។​

​ ក្នុង​លិខិត​ចុះ​ថ្ងៃទី​៩ ខែមករា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួងទេសចរណ៍ ក៏បាន​សូម​សំណូមពរ​ដល់​សាធារណជន និង​ទេសចរ​ជាតិ អន្តរជាតិ​ទាំងអស់ មេត្តាជួយ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ ដើម្បី​លើកតម្កើង​ការប្រើប្រាស់​ពាក្យ “​រ៉ឺម៉ក​”៕​

Nat Ass Approves Draft Law on Establishment of Supreme Council of National Defense

The Nat Ass (NA) in its session on Jan. 24 under the chairmanship of its President Comrade Heng Samrin adopted a draft law on the arrangement and functioning of the Supreme Council of National Defense (SCND).

The draft law was approved by 85 out of 97 lawmakers present.

AKP 25-01-2013

Gen. Moeung Samphan, Secretary of State for the National Defense, who represents the royal government to defend the draft law, said that the six-chapter with 11-article draft law is aimed to ensure the protection of the Constitution, the defense of national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cambodia, as well as to ensure the neutrality of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) in fulfilling their roles, duties and obligations.

The draft law will enhance the responsibility in preparing national defense policy and planning, he added.

H.E. Cheam Yeap, Chairman of the Nat Ass’s Economy, Finance, Banking and Audit Commission said this draft law will contribute to strengthening the National Defense Ministry’s works.

According to the draft law, the SCND will be chaired by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, with Prime Minister Comrade Hun Sen as Vice Chairman, and Ministers in charge of the Council of Ministers, National Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance and RCAF Commander-in-Chief as members.