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Cambodia will not evacuate citizens, diplomatic officials from Korean peninsula: PM

PHNOM PENH, April 11 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that the country will not evacuate its laborers, students and diplomatic personnel from the Korean peninsula despite recently escalated tensions between the South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“It is not only Cambodian people, but also citizens from many countries are in South Korea–laborers, students and diplomatic corps from various countries are in South Korea. No country has pulled out its diplomatic officials from South Korea,” the premier said during the inauguration of new achievements at a Buddhist pagoda in eastern Prey Veng province.

“We will not withdraw our diplomatic personnel from either the DPRK or the Republic of Korea,” he said. “If there is necessity,we will send our labor and social affairs ministers to South Korea in order to examine safety and contribute to tackling issues on-site for our laborers and students.”

He said the government of South Korea will also need to protect its citizens so that Cambodian laborers,students and diplomatic officials will also be a part of their protection.

“The peoples of South Korea, the DPRK can live, why we cannot?” Hun Sen asked. “We cannot run away from our friends when they are in difficulty.”

Meanwhile, the premier appealed to the families, whose children, spouses and relatives are working or studying in South Korea, to trust the government, saying that the government has closely kept eyes on every evolving situation in the Korean peninsula.

On March 30, the DPRK declared that it entered a “state of war” against the Republic of Korea and last Friday, it told foreign embassies to consider the possibility of evacuation if tensions flare up.

“I hope that all concerned parties: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and Japan will seek a peaceful resolution, not fight each other,” Hun Sen said.

Currently, about 19,850 Cambodian migrant workers are working in South Korea, according to the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, while the number of Cambodian students is unavailable.

 

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