Archive for March 27th, 2007

Sunday/Monday, 25/26.3.2007: Signing Ceremony For The ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Cooperation Fund And For The East Asia Youth Exchange Fund Between Japan And ASEAN

Posted on 27 March 2007. Filed under: Week 501 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 501

“According to a statement by the Japanese Embassy on 23 March, a signing ceremony on US$52 million for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Cooperation Fund, and on approximately US$196 million for the East Asia Youth Exchange Fund between Japan and ASEAN, which is a contribution by Japan to the ASEAN countries, took place on 23 March 2007 at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo. Mr. Aso Taro, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Sithong Chitnhothinh, the Laotian Ambassador to Japan, representing the ten ASEAN countries, signed documents that confirm the transferring of money and that regulate the use of these funds.

“Ambassadors and representatives of all ASEAN member countries also attended the ceremony.

“ASEAN countries set the year 2015 as the time when they hope to achieve the creation of an ASEAN Community. and they make great efforts towards internal integration. ASEAN countries have been the ‘drivers’ of cooperation in East Asia, and the progress and unity of ASEAN will be beneficial not only for ASEAN itself, but also for the whole region. Mr. Abe Shinzo, the Japanese Prime Minister, said that the extension of youth exchange programs with ASEAN and other East Asian countries, from high school to university students, will form the basis to develop a regional vision for the future. Mr. Abe Shinzo also said that the purpose is to consolidate solidarity among the countries in Asia, and that the extension of youth exchange program will lay the foundation of such solidarity. For this reason, Mr. Abe Shinzo declared on 15 March 2007 that Japan would provide approximately US$315 million for the East Asia Youth Exchange Program. From this fund, approximately US$196 million as been decided to be already now transferred into the account of the ASEAN Secretariat.

“Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared at the tenth Japan-ASEAN summit meeting held on 14 January, that he would provide a contribution of US$52 million to support and enhance the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Cooperation.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6000, 26.3.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Sunday/Monday, 25/26 March 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1300, 25-26.3.2007

  • The Public Is Wondering Why The Streets Around The Royal Palace Have Been Blocked Off Without Real Reasons [for eight days]
  • The Father King’s Message Expressed Thanks For Samdech Krom Preah Who Provided Support And Justice To The Father King And The Mother Queen [who suffered from unfair criticism by local newspapers that accused the Mother Queen of being of Vietnamese descent]
  • Election Campaigns Of The CCP And Of The Sam Rainsy Party Resulted In A War Of Words At Poipet

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #466, 26.3.2007

  • [The director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights] Kim Sokha Said That The Citizens No Longer Trust Mr. Sam Rainsy [the opposition party leader]
  • The Khmer Krom Federation With Members In Different Countries Of The World Strongly Reacted Against Yuon [Vietnamese] Authorities’ Having Defrocked Khmer Krom Monks
  • Betrayers [Funcinpec General Secretary Nhek Bunchhay And Deputy President Lu Lay Sreng] Are Getting Weaker Because Many Funcinpec Officials Joined The Norodom Ranariddh Party

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #252, 24-26.3.2007

  • Sokha Hotel Company Suspected Of Selling Fake Tickets To Foreigners For Visiting Angkor Wat

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6000, 26.3.2007

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh Requested The King To Refuse To Recognize The Court’s Verdict Which Sentenced Him To 18 Months In Prison And Ordered Him To Pay US$15,000 In Compensation
  • Signing Ceremony for the ASEAN Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Cooperation Fund and East Asia Youth Exchange Fund between Japan and ASEAN

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3119, 26.3.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: We Do Not Use Presents Like The Ruling Party Does, But We Respect The Rights Of The Citizens Who Are The Owners Of Their Votes

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4245, 25-26.3.2007

  • [Five Council of Ministers staffers were arrested for] Taking The Name Of The Council Of Ministers To Extort US$100,000 From A Land Owner [in exchange of not initiating procedure to confiscate a piece of land]
  • Japan Provided Cambodia A Concessionary Loan Of Yen 2.632 Billion [approx. US$22.3 million] For Electricity Network Development [by the Japanese Bank of International Cooperation]

Reach Seima, Vol.2, #168, 26.3.2007

  • Logging Offenses Are Increasing In Siem Reap

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #2999, 25-26.3.2007

  • Voice Of America Said That The Norodom Ranariddh Party Is The Major Opposition Party

Sar Noeung Khmao, Vol.8, #196, 2007

  • The Royal Government Of Cambodia Declared Its Strategy Against Corruption [1-Prevention, 2-Law Enforcement, 3-Public Support]
  • A Number Of Members Of The Bar Association Want To Be Addressed As “Excellency” Which Would Make It Easier For Them To Practice As Professional Lawyers

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