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Thursday, 5.7.2007: Samdech Krom Preah Writes to Samdech Hun Sen

Posted on 6 July 2007. Filed under: Week 515 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 515

  • “Phnom Penh: Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh, the President of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, told Rasmei Kampuchea on the afternoon of 4 July that he is very delighted to have learnt that Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen still “pities him, likes him, and wants to help him.”

    “From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Prince announced that he himself wrote a letter to Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen. The Prince said that the letter, dated 29 June 2007, focuses on two contexts. First, the Prince expressed his happy feelings as he has learnt through Samdech Mae [the former Queen] and through King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni, that Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen told Samdech Mae and the King that he still pities and like the Prince (Samdech Krom Preah). The Prince continued that he told Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen that it is very difficult for him to accept the position of historical guide of Funcinpec, and especially also the insolent and rude words of Mr. Lu Laysreng, a Deputy Prime Minister and the first Vice-President of Funcinpec.

    “According to Samdech Krom Preah’s statement, King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneath Sihamoni spoke about Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen’s sympathy for the Prince, when the Prince met King Samdech Preah Baromneath in Paris recently.

    “On 4 July, Samdech Krom Preah received another piece of news through Samdech Mae Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The Prince told Rasmei Kampuchea, ‘I would like to inform you that this morning (4 July), Samdech Mae told me by phone that Samdech Hun Sen not only pities and likes me, but he also wants to help me.’

    “With these expressions of happy feelings, Samdech Krom Preah also asked Samdech Hun Sen to help find justice for him, by making a judgment based on reason and evidence.

    “Samdech Krom Preah again confirmed that it is difficult for him to accept the idea of the congress of 18 October 2006, when he was ousted from the position of president of Funcinpec, and then appointed as Historical Guide. Moreover, the Prince considers Mr. Lu Laysreng’s statement to be a major obstacle towards talking between officials of the Norodom Ranariddh Party and officials of Funcinpec. The Prince asked, ‘How can I accept the position of Historical President, as I heard Mr. Lu Laysreng’s bad and rude words about me?’

    “Trying to seek a fair solution for both sides, Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh had decided to allow Mr. Pok Than, one of his senior officials, to contact Mr. Keo Puth Rasmey, the President of Funcinpec. However, the Prince ordered the suspension of all negotiation after Mr. Lu Laysreng recently gave an interview by phone, and Samdech Krom Preah considers the interview to be an insult against him that is unacceptable.

    “Under these circumstances, Deputy Prime Minister Lu Laysreng, the Vice-President of Funcinpec, said on 4 July that he agrees to apologize to Samdech Krom Preah, if his apology would please the Prince, leading to the return of the Prince into Funcinpec again.

    “The Deputy Prime Minister told Rasmei Kampuchea by phone on the afternoon of 4 July, ‘We are not enemies. I can make a reconciliation.’ He continued that Funcinpec wants the Prince to reenter the party according to the party policy, first as Historical Guide. After that, there will be discussions whether the Prince has to do something else. He said that the Standing Committee of the party has a clear stance.

    “As Samdech Krom Preah had become Historical Guide of Funcinpec through the [October 2006] congress, Mr. Lu Laysreng said that any change towards the Prince will also have to go through a [new] congress.

    “Although Mr. Lu Laysreng softened his stance to apologize to the Prince, Samdech Krom Preah said, ‘I do not yet speak for the future. Let Funcinpec solve the issue with Mr. Lu Laysreng first.’

    “As for Mr. Pok Than, who is appointed by Samdech Krom Preah to negotiate with Funcinpec, he said on the afternoon of 4 July that if there is an appropriate and acceptable solution, the discussion may resume. He said, ‘The door is still open, not closed.’

    “He foresees a result towards an agreement if there are negotiations. He said, ‘In a brief discussion, we don’t have any disagreement.’” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4328, 5.7.2007

    Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
    Thursday, 5 July 2007

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1383, 5.7.2007

    • Ministry of Education Plans to Spend More Than Riel 8,000 Million [approx. US$2 million] for Lower Secondary School Exams This Year
    • Cambodia Tries to Achieve International Standards for Many Kinds of Local Products
    • Kompong Thom Prepares 6,000 [acacia] Seedlings for Planting in 2007

    Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6083, 5.7.2007

    • Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong Affirms One-China Policy Position
    • Court Sentences 14 People [the charges against 4 of them are dropped, and the rest get two-months-and-a-half to eight months in prison] in Confiscation of Land Case [because they opposed the confiscation and wounded officials – Mittakpheap, Sihanoukville]
    • Hundreds of Sick Pigs Transported by Trucks from Vietnam [to Phnom Penh]
    • Vietnam Jails Nine Senior Officials for Involvement in [unfair judgment in] Football Matches, as Part of Combating Corruption
    • China Collects Taxis for Being Checked and Removed from Service [those making a lot of exhaust]
    • Hamas Islamists Announce that They Freed British [BBC] Journalist Alan Johnston [who had been held by a group calling themselves “Army of Islam”]

    Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3102, 5.7.2007

    • Many Kampuchea Krom Khmer Monks Flee [from Vietnam] to Thailand [because they are religiously oppressed by Vietnamese authorities]
    • Hanoi Exaggerates History of Kampuchea Krom Land to Prevent Movement to Demand Rights as Owners [by Khmer Kampuchea Krom people – Vietnam publishes a book saying that Kampuchea Krom Khmers are refugees from Cambodia]

    Rasmei Borey, Vol.5, #209, 3.7.2007

    • H.E. Hun San [Prime Minister Hun Sen’s brother] Provides Land [of eleven hectares] to People [Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]
    • Kranhoung Wood Transported Throughout Krakor District; Relevant Officials Happy with Money Extortion [Pursat]

    Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4328, 5.7.2007

    • Samdech Krom Preah Writes to Samdech Hun Sen
    • Press Conferences Repeatedly Held over Rumor about Abduction of Garment Factory Female Workers [Phnom Penh]
    • Clearance of State Forest Land in Oddar Meanchey: Eight Tractors and Two Makeshift Trucks Seized
    • Électricité du Cambodge Will Have Surplus of Power After Kirirom Hydroelectric Plant Operates Again
    • Thai Man, Who Raped [12-year-old] Khmer Girl, Is Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison [Banteay Meanchey]

    Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #444, 5.7.2007

    • Hun Sen Blames Generals for Not Being Able to Find Crashed Plane in Kampot
    • Specialists Call ASEAN to Ban Smoking in Offices, but It Is Probably Difficult for Cambodia [because Prime Minister Hun Sen smokes]
    • France Provides Khmer Government with €840,000 [approx. US$1.1 million] for Rubber Plantations [no clear information given if this is a grant, a public, or a private loan]

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    Wednesday, 4.7.2007: Asian Development Bank Provides $8 Million Loan to Cambodia for Power Supplies from Thailand

    Posted on 6 July 2007. Filed under: Week 515 |

    The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 515

    “The Asian Development Bank decided to provide a loan of $8 million to Cambodia for the construction of power supply links from Thailand to the northwestern areas of Cambodia.

    “According to a press release of the Asian Development Bank in late June, the loan will help with the development and promotion of economic activities in almost in all sectors in the northwestern provinces, especially in Siem Reap.

    “The press release continued, ‘The loan will help promote economic development in all sectors – i.e. not only tourism, but also agriculture, minerals, and general production.’

    “Mr. Tomas A. Norton de Matos, an Asian Development Bank [Senior Structured Finance] specialist, said that the loan will provide the areas with electricity, and this as a reliable supply.

    “The press release stated that the loan was decided by the Asian Development Bank committee, to provide the loan to the Power Transmission Lines Co., Ltd., a private company in Cambodia – so it gets the loan to bring energy to supply the market.

    “Mr. Ly Saykhieng, the president of the above-mentioned company, is quoted in the press release as saying that after receiving the loan, the company is working closely with the Cambodian and Thai authorities in order to promote the work successfully.

    “The press release stated that with $8 million, power supply lines of 221 kilometers will be constructed along National Road 5 and National Road 6 from the Thai border to Siem Reap and Battambang.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4327, 4.7.2007

    Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
    Wednesday, 4 July 2007

    Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #25, 4-10.7.2007

    • Japanese Economist [Prof. Kohama Hirohisa, Graduate School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka] Affirms that Three Factors Would Make Cambodia Progressive [use of human resources, especially graduates from foreign countries; using opinions from successful friendly countries; daring to borrow money from big banks in the world]

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1382, 4.7.2007

    • Khmer Leu or Khmer Krom Monks Should Not Be Used as Pretext for Political Games
    • USAID Provides Mini Labs to National Laboratory and Ten Provincial Hospitals

    Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #492, 4.7.2007

    • Hun Sen Government Does Not Dare to Arrest Cambodia’s Family Trees

    Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3201, 4.7.2007

    • Black-Clad Thai Soldiers [special border protection unit] Still Prohibit Tourists from Entering Preah Vihear Temple

    Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4327, 4.7.2007

    • Asian Development Bank Provides $8 Million Loan to Cambodia for Power Supplies from Thailand
    • Thailand Increases Prices and Tightens Issuance of Visas [to Cambodians]; It Closes Entrance to Preah Vihear Temple
    • US Ambassador [Joseph A. Mussomeli] Praises Cambodian People [for their efforts in reconstructing the country very fast]
    • Samdech Hun Sen Welcomes 10th Anniversary of Return of Hong Kong [to be controlled by China]

    Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3077, 4.7.2007

    • Prince Thomico Joins Funcinpec Because He Is Provided Money for Cigarettes and Gasoline for His [small Korean-made] Tico Car [mocking]
    • Creation of Anti-Corruption Law Is Necessary for Progress of National Economy

    Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #443, 4.7.2007

    • Some Royal Family Members Say Prince Thomico Would Rather Serve Nhek Bun Chhay [Funcinpec Secretary-General] Than Serve Samdech Euv [Father King]
    • Siem Reap Court Issues Warrant to Summon Ing Bun Hoaw, President of AZ Company [to explain about land dispute]
    • [Svay Phalla] Director of Kompong [?] Department of Education Uses Teachers’ Salaries to Lend at Interest to Businesspeople
    • [Foreign] Military Specialists Train Khmer Military Chiefs for Peacekeeping Missions

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    Tuesday, 3.7.2007: Minister of Information Explains the Prohibition of Publications at the National Assembly

    Posted on 6 July 2007. Filed under: Week 515 |

    The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 515

    Still working to post Wednesday and Thursday material.

    “Phnom Penh: Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information, led a delegation on 2 July to explain to the 5th Committee of National Assembly on Media and Foreign Affairs the situation of permissions and prohibitions of media. The questions and explanations were carried out at the new National Assembly building. Mr. Khieu Kanharith told Koh Santepheap by telephone, ‘I went there to explain to the National Assembly representatives from the 5th Committee, who wanted the Ministry of Information to explain the role of the ministry, as there had been different informations published so far, though I had already explained it in terms of the law to the National Assembly.’

    “Mr. Son Chhay, the chairperson of the 5th Committee of the National Assembly, who had written a letter to invite the Minister of Information to come to give his explanations to the National Assembly, told Koh Santepheap in a separate interview that the Committee of the National Assembly wanted the Minister to explain the role of the Ministry of Information and the situation when the publication of books is prohibited – and lately also the publication of articles relating to the Global Witness report was prohibited. Mr. Son Chhay continued that the committee had asked the minister, ‘Based on which principles did the ministry act so far? How effective is the prohibition? And we asked also questions relating to the number of state radio and television stations, as the committee finds that some broadcasts are appropriate, however, some cases need correction, such as comedians whose performance relate to religion and are obscene; in general, we would like to have a review and advice.’

    “Mr. Son Chhay continued, ‘The committee also asked questions relating to the writing of karaoke scripts, because observing television and inappropriate broadcasts, what action does the Ministry of Information take?’ He went on to say, ‘Moreover, we asked also about the role of inspections by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications when giving or managing licenses for radio and television stations… so far we have known that for doing business in this field, we found a document by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, announcing that those who want to run radio or television station must ask for a licenses from that ministry.’

    “Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that he answered to the committee of the National Assembly that asked about the role of the Ministry of Information according to technical aspects, and according to the role of the Ministry of Information. Mr. Son Chhay said at that occasion of questioning, that the Minister said that the Ministry of Information has taken action against publications which affect personal issues and which the ministry therefore prohibited.

    “Mr. Son Chhay continued that the Minister also stated that the Ministry of Information does not use complaints to the courts as the basis of prohibitions. The Ministry of Information does not have a role in prohibiting a publication, but it has a role in checking publications, according to the laws governing journalism, where the ministry has a task only to check publication. The minister continued that if a publication affects national security or causes serious problems, the Ministry of Information has a role in ordering the confiscation of published documents.

    “The Minister of Information said that some prohibitions relating to national security follow global rules. As for the policy of not allowing the publication of the Global Witness report, it is because the context of the report in the Khmer language is unacceptable… The minister stated also that the government has no problem with Global Witness. Mr. Son Chhay said, ‘The government has no problem with Global Witness, but the government thinks that the Global Witness representatives in Cambodia seem to have personal issues.’

    “It should be remembered that it is the first time for government officials being invited to give explanations at the new National Assembly building – the officials are:

    1. Mr. Khieu Kanharith
    2. Mr. Thach Phen, Secretary of State of Information
    3. Another Secretary of State [name not mentioned]
    4. Mr. Seng Sarun, Director of the Audio-Visual Department

    “As for the representatives of the Committee of the National Assembly, they are:

    1. Mr. Son Chhay
    2. Mr. Im Run [Cambodian People’s Party – CPP – from Kompong Cham]
    3. Mr. Um Nhanh [CPP from Phnom Penh]
    4. Mr. Hou Sry [CPP from Phnom Penh]

    “And some representatives from other committees also attended.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6081, 3.7.2007

    Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
    Tuesday, 3 July 2007

    Chakraval, Vol.15, #2694, 3.7.2007

    • National Assembly Inaugurates New Building, Asks Naga Casino Owner to Suspend Business for Three Days, but the Owner Refuses
    • Mukh Kampul: More Than 60 Families from Bak Khaeng Commune Accuse Hero King Company of [Oknha] Mr. Ly Yong Phat of Taking Their Land [Kandal]

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1381, 3.7.2007

    • In Five Months, Cambodian Mine Action Center Clears Mines from More Than 12,000,000 Square Meters [countrywide]
    • Fire Destroys 22 Houses in Early Morning in Dangkao District [Phnom Penh]
    • Red Thai Pigs [which are said to be fed with chemical food] Still Imported to Battambang Freely
    • Hong Kong Marks 10th Anniversary of Chinese Control
    • [US military] Air Raid Kills More Than 100 People [Afghanistan]

    Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6081, 3.7.2007

    • Minister of Information Explains the Prohibition of Publications at the National Assembly
    • Pharmacists and Doctors Trained in How to Check Fake Medicines [Phnom Penh]

    Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3200, 3.7.2007

    • [Kampuchea Krom Khmer] Monk Tim Sakhan Defrocked [on accusation of perpetrating an offense against the Buddhist law because he broke the unity between Vietnam and Cambodia] and Taken Away by Bodyguards of Hing Bun Heang [Deputy Director of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Office]

    Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4326, 3.7.2007

    • Samdech Hun Sen Tells Businesspeople Trading in Land and Courts that All [grabbed] Public State Land Will Be Confiscated Back
    • Preah Vihear Temple: UNESCO Decision Supports Cambodia [in listing the temple as a World Heritage Site]; Delay Is Just to Save Face of Thailand
    • War for Land Recurs in Kien Svay [200 families with knives and axes oppose soldiers grabbing their rice fields – Kandal]

    Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #442, 3.7.2007

    • Khmer Soldiers Flex Muscles against Thailand for First Time on Top of Preah Vihear Temple Mountain [they prevent black-uniformed Thai soldiers, special border protection unit, from entering the temple for a visit]
    • Ok Socheat [advisor to Ranariddh] and Thomico Sheltered by Nhek Bun Chhay [Funcinpec Secretary-General – they defect from Norodom Ranariddh Party to join Funcinpec]

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    Monday, 2.7.2007: Big Businesspeople from France Will Come to Invest in Cambodia

    Posted on 6 July 2007. Filed under: Week 515 |

    The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 515

    I should not have been so optimistic about the improvement of my health when I posted the previous material.

    “Phnom Penh: Big businesspeople from France, heads of about 15 enterprises, now know clearly about the progress of Cambodia both in investment and in the reform process, after they met with senior officials of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Council for the Development of Cambodia, and the Minister of Commerce.

    “During the meeting with Samdech Hun Sen at the Council of Ministers on 29 June, Mr. Frédéric Sanchez [the President of the Vietnamese relations sub-committee of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France, the French enterprise movement], the head of the delegation, said that after Cambodia entered ASEAN and the World Trade Organization, the general reforms, including bank reform and public administration reform… and law sector reforms are important factors, which attracted the delegation’s strong attention.

    “Mr. Eang Sophallet, assistant to Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, said that Mr. Sanchez said that the delegation is very happy after it got all information and knows that Cambodia has much potential.

    “Mr. Sanchez said that this is the first visit, but it is at the right time. He promised, as head of the delegation, that he will make an investment [in Cambodia] before the second visit of French investors to Cambodia.

    “Mr. Eang Sophallet said that Samdech Hun Sen expressed his welcome to all French investors by saying that he can affirm political stability, which is the environment for the investment atmosphere in Cambodia.

    “During the meeting, Samdech Prime Minister thanked the French government and people for their participation in seeking peace for Cambodia by providing aid and a place for the [Paris Peace Conference of 1991] meetings.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1380, 1-2.7.2007

    Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
    Monday, 2 July 2007

    Bakong, Vol.7, #230, 2-3.7.2007

    • The Open Society Justice Initiative Asks the UN to Investigate Alleged Corruption at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [the Khmer Rouge Trials]
    • Hun Sen and Sok An Must Take Responsibility for the Plane Crash [because they allow the use of old planes]
    • Soldiers, Military Chiefs, and Military Police from Middle Level to Low Level Do Not Support Hun Sen as Prime Ministerial Candidate

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1380, 1-2.7.2007

    • Big Businesspeople from France Will Come to Invest in Cambodia
    • Thailand Supports the Delay of Listing of Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site
    • Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community Plans to Hold Pilgrimage with 10,000 Pilgrims [from Phnom Penh] to Odongk Mountain for Five Khmer Monks to Be Released from Prison in Vietnam

    Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #491, 2.7.2007

    • Chief Monk in Cambodia [Tep Vong] Also Pleases Yuon [Vietnam] by Defrocking Kampuchea Krom Khmer Monks
    • Democracy in Cambodia Is Just a Folding Screen [demonstrations are suppressed]

    Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6080, 2.7.2007

    • During Eight Years, Cambodia Is Satisfied with National Economic Growth
    • Human Rights Party Raises Signboards in Provinces Before Phnom Penh

    Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3199, 2.7.2007

    • Yuon [Vietnam] Says Cambodia Is Transit Point for Drug Trafficking to Vietnam
    • [During National Fish Day in Takeo] Hun Sen Just Pretended to Warn against Filling Pong Peay Lake with Soil [Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]

    Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4325, 1-2.7.2007

    • Grenade Thrown into Traffic Police Official’s House in Anlong Veng [by unknown person]: A Girl Killed and a Woman Wounded [Oddar Meanchey]
    • [New Draft] Thai Constitution Rejects to Establish Buddhism as State Religion

    Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3076, 1-2.7.2007

    • Donor Countries Should Pay Attention to Most Serious Land Crisis in Cambodia

    Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #441, 1-2.7.2007

    • Son Chhay Calls Three Officials [Sok An, Minister of the Council of Ministers; Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information; and Ty Sokun, Director-General of Department of Forestry and Wildlife] to Explain Plane Crash and Global Witness Report
    • Director of Global Witness [Simon Taylor] Says His Report Is Based on Wide Research and It Is Real

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