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Thursday, 29.11.2007: Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: Our Cambodian Sea Must Not Be Allowed to Become a Safe Refuge for Terrorists

Posted on 30 November 2007. Filed under: Week 536 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 536

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, said ‘We must not leave the Cambodian sea open to become a refuge for terrorists or pirates.’

“Samdech Prime Minister said this on the occasion of participating in a seminar on the security of the Cambodian sea held for two days on 28-29 November 2007 at the Hotel Le Royal, held with cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Australian Embassy.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen said that this conference is very important. Now terrorism or cross-border crimes are conducted by air and on land, and there are many measures taken to prevent them. Thus, terrorists also consider this, and they may use the open seas to avoid being suppressed by officials of those states that join together to persecute them. Pirates are also active. Samdech Dekchor continued that during the past few years, he was worried a lot, because on one side of the Cambodian shoreline is Vietnam – it has a good navy; and on the other side is Thailand – it also has a good navy, but the Cambodian navy had nothing to act with; therefore, at any time terrorists or pirates might think that the Cambodian sea is a safe refuge for them. Considering this situation motivated Samdech Hun Sen to go to China to seek for a supplier of ships. The capacity of the navy is now increased, but this increase of capacity is not to threaten the neighbors of Cambodia (Vietnam and Thailand), in contrast, it is to join with our counterparts to prevent and to destroy the source of terrorism, of cross-border crimes, and pirates, and to guarantee safety for economic activities such as oil, which is being explored, so that it can lead to business activities. Also there is the general maritime transportation to Sihanoukville, and also many tourists enter Cambodia by sea.

“Samdech Dekchor went on say that he has already discussed this point with the Australian Ambassador Ms. Magaret Adamson and other friendly partner countries. Samdech continued that Australia has much experience in this issue, because Australia is surrounded by the sea. The USA also has much experiences, and so does Singapore. Hence, there are procedures for protection and for the management of such work. They will share these with us for the safety of the world and for the safety of humanity, to be free from terrorist threats.

“Samdech Hun Sen went on to say, ‘If we leave the Cambodian sea open to become an area of robberies for pirates to rob and to burn, it will be dangerous. During the previous ASEAN conference, Japan focused very much on this issue, related to pirates in the Street of Malacca. However, if pirates everywhere else are suppressed, then they may find that Cambodia is incompetent, and they come to Cambodia; that would be a problem.’

“In the meantime, Samdech Prime Minister also asked for caution on the Cambodian rivers, as terrorists may use all means, they could attack ships transporting oil, and spill the oil all over the rivers, and then burn it to pollute the environment.

“Samdech Dekchor said that the Royal Government of Cambodia expressed its goodwill to fully cooperate with the international community in actions to prevent terrorism. Cambodia is geographically apart from terrorism sources, so that the Cambodian borders do not provide strategic corridors for attacks and refuge for foreign terrorists; but even so Cambodia should not fall into the thinking of pacifism.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4429, 29.11.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 29 November 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1505, 29.11.2007

  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: Increasing Capacity of Cambodian Navy Is Not a Threat
  • Khmer National Party Merges with Human Rights Party
  • Man Drives Car, Hits and Pulls Motorcycle for 700 Meters, then He Gets Out of the Car and Fires One Bullet as a Threat [he escapes – Phnom Penh]
  • Iran Affirms that It Has Another Long-Distance Missile

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #61, 29.11.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Welcomes Children of Cambodian People’s Party Leaders to Enter Politics, but He Asks Them Not to Destroy the Nation [responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6205, 29.11.2007

  • Strengthening of Maritime Security: Samdech Dekchor Asks for Attention on Islands by the Military
  • AK-47 Gun Robbers from Kompong Speu Enter Police Trap: One of Them Shot to Death and Two Escape [Angk Snuol, Kandal]
  • Pre-Trail Will Announce Verdict on Monday on “Duch” Whether to Continue Being Detained or to Be Released on Bail

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3324, 29.11.2007

  • After Failure, Asking for Alliance with Opposition Groups, Prince Ranariddh Asks for Talks with Hun Sen
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Supports International Community Confiscating Property of Burmese Military Leaders Deposited Abroad
  • Hun Sen Regime Has Many Dictators Visiting Cambodia

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4429, 29.11.2007

  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: Our Cambodian Sea Must Not Be Allowed to Become a Safe Refuge for Terrorists
  • 80 US Marines Conduct Charity Activities at Hun Sen Krong Primary School [Sihanoukville]
  • 48 US Marines Provides Dental Treatment to Citizens in Stung Trang District, Kompong Cham
  • All Chiefs of Prison Regime [former Khmer Rouge leaders] Appeals Demand Freedom to Live Outside Detention
  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Welcomes US Warship Mooring in Cambodia
  • Australian Mining Company [Southern Gold] Starts Mining for First Time in Kratie
  • European Union Provides $33 Million Grant Aid to Support Cambodian Development Programs
  • German Company [Rickmers Reismuehle GmbH] Promises Cambodian Company [Phou and Rickmers Rice Limited] that It Will Help to Export Rice to European Community
  • Tricycles Meet US Navy Clients; They Make $300 per Night [from carrying them and from commissions received from prostitutes; sex rates increased to $50 – Sihanoukville]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3195, 29.11.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Stood Near and Praised Prime Minister that Democracy in Cambodia Gets Mature
  • World Bank Reviews All Its Aid Strategies
  • Ministry of Education Will Be Well Off [by corruption] Again if Asian Development Bank Does Not Set Clear Conditions on Its Aid

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #562, 29.11.2007

  • In Cambodia, Politicians Who Have Two Nationalities Serve Khmers, but Those with One Nationality Are Yuon [Vietnamese] Slaves
  • Hun Sen Urges Anti-Corrupt People Law to Be Adopted Soon [mocking anti-corruption law]

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