Cambodia and Vietnam Will Sign an Agreement for Joint Investment in the National Air Line on Sunday – Saturday, 25.7.2009

Posted on 26 July 2009. Filed under: Week 622 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 622

“Phnom Penh: A partnership agreement for joint investment in Cambodia Angkor Air will be signed on this Sunday [26 July 2009] by the Cambodian Government and Vietnam Airlines. What will be signed is an agreement on investment for the airline, which will fly between Cambodia and Vietnam, and it will be the birth of a national airline of Cambodia after the previous national airline Royal Air Cambodge went bankrupt eight years ago.

“The secretary of state of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Mr. Mao Havannal, said on 23 July 2009 that the agreement will be signed officially on 26 July 2009. And flights will be launched on 27 July 2009, and, as planned, Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen will preside over this event.

“At the launching day on 27 July 2009, the company will begin when two delegations will be boarding, one will be led by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An flying to Siem Reap, and the other delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An will fly to Sihanoukville.

“He added that for the first step, the Cambodia Angkor Air will start its flights on three routes: Phnom-Siem Reap, Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville, and Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City.

“Therefore, at the end of July, Cambodia will have its own national airline, after the former national airline had disappeared almost a decade ago in 2001.

“Mr. Mao Havannal said that the creation of a new national airline covers three important intentions: first, an sovereign state should have its own national airline, so that second, there is a balance in air traffic with Cambodia having its own flights, while foreign airlines can also fly to Cambodia, and third, to promote the growth of tourism in and to Cambodia.

“Royal Air Cambodge, the former Cambodian national airline, went bankrupt in 2001 due to management problems, wasting as much as US$30 million.  

“Thus, it is crucial that a new national airline has a more efficient management, to ensure that money can be earned for the sate, and the honor of Cambodia can be maintained.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4955, 25.7.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 25 July 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #245, 25.7.2009

  • America Continues to Grant Aid to the Mekong Sub-Region [consisting of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam] in Three Sectors [more than US$7 million for the environment, more than US$130 million for the health sector, and US$16 million for education]
  • Man Was Shot to Death and His Wife Got a Gun Pointed to Her Head to Demand the Key to Unlock a Safe to Take All Money [two of the three robbers are not yet identified – Battambang]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2005, 25.7.2009

  • Hundreds of Hectares of Flooded – Mangrove – Forest Used by Fish to Lay their Eggs Are Disturbed by Having Been Transferred to Private Ownership [but there is not yet any action taken by the authorities – Siem Reap]
  • The Government of Pakistan Donates Ten Computers to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Number of Students to Take This Year’s Grade 12 Examination Is 88,698
  • There Remain More Than 2,000 km2 Considered Dangerous in Cambodia, because They Are Suspected to Be Landmined

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #454, 25.7.2009

  • The Center for Social Development Loses Funds, Causing 50 Staff to Have No Salaries [after donors had seen the conflicts in this organization]
  • An Official Related to a Cambodian Leader Chained a Woman to a Bed for Several Months and Took Tens of Thousands of Dollars and Jewelry [details in the Phnom Penh Post here]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6711, 25-26.7.2009

  • Judge Decided to Announce the Judgment of Ms. Mu Sochua on 4 August 2009
  • Citizens Welcome and Support the Authorities of All Levels after Four Sand Dredging Sites Were Closed
  • France Provided [US$126,000] Financing to the Association of Lawyers without Borders to Defend Plaintiffs at the [Khmer Rouge] Tribunal

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4955, 25.7.2009

  • Cambodia and Vietnam Will Sign an Agreement for Joint Investment in the National Air Line on Sunday
  • Villagers Constructed Road, but They Were Bared by [Khov Chily] Company and a Villager Was Arrested [but was then released after other villagers protested – Kandal]
  • ASEAN Rejected Clinton’s Idea to Dismiss Myanmar as Member of the Association


Channelnewsasia reported:

“US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Thai television Wednesday that the regional bloc should consider kicking out the military-ruled member state if it does not free the Nobel laureate, who is on trial in prison.

But Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, speaking as current chair of the 10-state grouping, said that while ASEAN and the West ‘have the same goal, we cannot implement the same policy.’

“‘There are not enough grounds to do that (expel Myanmar). We have already done what we can under the ASEAN mechanism,’ said Abhisit, referring to the group’s public statements expressing concern over Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention.

“‘If Myanmar is expelled it will further isolate (the regime) and would that solve the problem?'”

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