Saturday, 26.1.2008: Cambodian People’s Party Invited to Participate in a Conference of the Centrist Democrat International in Indonesia

Posted on 27 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Sok An, Minister of the Council of Minsters, leads a delegation of the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] to attend the second conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific (CDI-AP), which is held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 25-27 January 2008 [as the Centrist Democrat Internaional web site http://www.cdi-idc.org is not accessible, secondary information about the background of the CDI, until 2001 called the Christian Democrat International, is referenced].

“Mr. Suos Yara [Secretary General of the Cambodia Golf Association], who accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Sok An, said that this trip of Mr. Sok An is responding to an invitation from the vice-president of Indonesia who is also the president of the Golkar Party, Indonesia’s biggest party, in order to participate in the second conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific, on 25-27 January 2008.

“Mr. Suos Yara said that 17 ruling parties [the President of Indonesia is the head of the Democratic Party, the fourth largest party, ruling with a coalition] in the Asia-Pacific and 8 new parties participate in the conference. The conference will discuss the topic “All Together at the Center” – that means joining together for peace, freedom, security, and long-term political stability; this topic is very important for ruling parties.

“Mr. Suos Yara added that Mr. Sok An, as a representative of the CPP, will make a speech to share the experience of the CPP, which has ruled the country for more than 20 years. In Cambodia, the international community notices that the CPP is a centrist party; therefore it could hold power for more than 20 years. If it had not been centrist, it would not have held power for such a long time until now. It is believed that the CPP can definitely maintain a centrist democracy, which is not too leftist and not too rightist. According to Mr. Suos Yara, all countries which participate in the conference encourage Cambodia to host the third conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific in Cambodia in 2009.

“It should be stated that at present there are 28 parties which are members of the Centrist Democrat International in Europe that create political stability, and maintain peace and security among neighboring countries. This ideology was brought to the Asia-Pacific region first through the Philippines. The first conference was held in Manila, in the Philippines, in 2006.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4499, 26.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 26 January 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1555, 26.1.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Party Decides to Expel a Parliamentarian Officially [Keang Vang, from Kampot – an unofficial source says: because he criticized Sam Rainsy Party officials who conduct misdeeds]
  • Plane Carrying Samdech Heng Samrin and More Than Ten Parliamentarians Had a Tire Bursting While It Landed [at Phnom Penh Airport on 25 January – no injuries]
  • Married Man Raped Married Cambodian Muslim Woman [he is arrested – Krakor, Pursat]
  • US Intends to Send Troops to Pakistan [government of Pakistan not interested]
  • Iraqi Government Decides to Change Its Flag [to remove Saddam Hussain’s handwriting “Allah is Great”]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6255, 26-27.1.2008

  • [Posts and Telecommunications] Minister So Khun Asks China to Help to Train Human Resources
  • Female Owner of “Thmey Thmey” Barber Shop Shot Dead in Street [by unknown person on 25 January – Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3374, 26-27.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Warns that if Royal Family Enters Politics They Should Not Care about Status


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4499, 26.1.2008

  • Cambodian People’s Party Invited to Participate in a Conference of the Centrist Democrat International in Indonesia
  • Thai Military Threatens to Oppose Nominating Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site


Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #610, 26.1.2008

  • Siam [Thailand] Declares War with Khmer over Preah Vihear Temple Issue

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