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Week 572 – Sunday,2008-08-10: Before the Elections – After the Elections

Posted on 11 August 2008. Filed under: *Editorial*, week 572 |

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Saturday, 9.8.2008: Officials and Staff of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Have Not Received Their Salaries because of a Corruption Scandal

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The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Recently, the UN Development Program office [UNDP] decided to delay the transfer of funds for the salaries of more than US$300,000 for Khmer officials and staff of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, after there were complaints about corruption at the Cambodian side. The delayed salaries for around 250 Cambodian officials and staff are for July.

“Ms. Amy Brown [phonetic], UNDP public relations officer, explained by e-mail that the decision to delay the transfer of salary funds for the Khmer staff was made after new claims about corruption had been made. At present, UNDP and donor countries are reviewing everything related to the case. She explained that the UNDP had decided to delay the transfer of the salaries in order to assure the integrity of the funds.

“The UN spokesperson of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Mr. Peter Foster, said that some Cambodian officials and staff had lodged complaints to the UN relating to corruption and to some other irregularities. A UN oversight office in New York checking internal problems is investigating these cases.

“Regarding the aforementioned problems, Ms. Helen Jarvis, a public affairs official of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, did not explain the reasons for the delay of the Khmer staff salaries, she just considered it to be related to a late availability of the funds for the salaries. She said, ‘As it is known already, there are US$300,000 for the salaries for July, but we do not yet have the possibility to provide the July salaries. However, all together we are still waiting for much bigger funds than the funds to provide the salaries.’

“Both Ms. Helen Jarvis and Mr. Peter Foster explained that negotiations are proceeding to solve these problems, and solutions will be found soon. It is not the first time that the Khmer staff of the Cambodian side of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal receive late salaries, but it is the first time that the UNDP delays the Khmer staff’s salaries in order to investigate corruption.

“In early 2007, an organization concerned with law reform activities, which has its seat in New York in the USA – the Open Society Justice Initiative – revealed that it had received information about Cambodian staff paying part their salaries as a kick-back to officials of the Khmer government in return for having been employed at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. What the Open Society Justice Initiative had raised made Sean Visoth, the head of the administration of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, very angry, and he announced to stop cooperating with this US organization.

“It should be noted that the UNDP administers the funds to provide the salaries of Khmer staff from the Cambodian section of the site.

“This new scandal makes the public aware that the international community starts to have less and less trust in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, because the scandal of 2007 is not yet solved, and now there is another shameful scandal. It is therefore not so easy for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to seek additional millions of dollars to operate until the end. So far, in addition to Japan, France, Australia, and Germany, no other countries provide additional funds for this mixed tribunal [with a Cambodian and a United Nations component].

“Recently, officials of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal reported that the trial of Kang Kek Ieu, called Duch, the former chief of the Tuol Sleng Prison, will be conducted in September or October, but what causes serious concern is that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal is facing a serious financial crisis – and it is facing a shameful corruption scandal. So this crisis might delay the trial of former senior Khmer Rouge leaders, where all the suspects, who are being detained in the special Khmer Rouge Tribunal detention center, are old and have serious and alarming illnesses.

“Nevertheless, Khmer citizens in Cambodia and abroad want the trial of Duch, as well as of other former senior Khmer Rouge leaders, to happen as soon as possible as long as they are still alive and are able to reveal facts while standing trial. But if the trial is still delayed, the suspects detained for trial might die one by one, and the secrets of the Killing Field regime will be buried with their deaths. Therefore, the sooner the trail of the former senior Khmer Rouge leaders is held, the better, because the health of Khiev Samphan and of Ieng Sary is getting worse.

“Observers of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal since it was started said that, if this mixed tribunal has the intention to find justice for more than 1.7 million Khmer citizens who were killed during the Killing Field regime, the trial of Duch has to happen in September or October as planned. If not, it means that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal has no intention to find justice for the victims, and Khmer citizens will never see the light of real justice. Therefore the international community and donor countries must press on with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, to try the suspects soon as a warning for the next Khmer leaders not to repeat a cruel massacre like the former Khmer Rouge leaders committed.” Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3534, 9-10.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 9 August 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1715, 9.8.2008

  • The Situation at the Ta Moan Temple Seems to Be Unchanged; Khmer and Siamese [Thai] Troops Patrol the Temple Together
  • A Mother Led [her three] Children to Plant Corn in a Field and Stepped on a Mine and Triggered an Explosion which Killed Her [7-year-old] Son and Seriously Injured Three Persons [including the mother, and her five-year-old and nine-month-old daughters]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #212, 9.8.2008

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #69, 9.8.2008

  • The Cambodian Center for Human Rights Welcomed the Commitment of the Government [expressed trough a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen to arrest the murderers and those who are responsible for the murder of Mr. Khim Sambo and of his 21-year-old son]
  • Three Opposition Parties [the Sam Rainsy Party, the Human Rights Party, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party] Plan to Boycott the Swearing-In Ceremony [planned for the inaugural session of he new parliament on 24 September 2008]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6419, 9-10.8.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor [Prime Minister Hun Sen] Requests to Construct a Road to the Preah Vihear Temple and a Road from Anlong Veng to Srah Eaem
  • A Book about “Understanding Trauma in Cambodia” Is Published on a Website [of the Center for Social Development, on the role of psychology for Cambodian people]
  • [Thousands of] Exiled Tibetans Hold Demonstrations in Nepal and India [7 August 2008]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3534, 9-10.8.2008

  • Officials and Staff of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Have Not Received Their Salaries because of a Corruption Scandal
  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Authorities Are Restricting the Rights of Kampuchea Krom Khmer Citizens in [former] Svay Tong District, Moat Chruk Province [so called in Khmer in French colonial time, now part of Vietnam, called An Gian Province] More Strongly [by not allowing them to set up satellite television antennas at their houses – click here for information from Vietnam with reference to the Khmer population]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4663, 9.8.2008

  • Appeals Court Decided to Allow Ms. Chea Ratha’s Assistant [Mr. Ea Vuthea, involved in an acid attack on Ms. In Soklida’s aunt on 8 May 2008] to Be Temporarily Released from Detention; Ms. In Soklida Continues to Hide Herself at a Safe Place because of Fear [of revenge]
  • Price of Electricity in Pursat Increased to US$0.50 per Kilowatt [from the previous price of US$0.40]; It Increased Two Days after the Election Day
  • [Former Thai prime minister] Thaksin: I Will Not Escape from the Country [regarding his court cases, that he might be sentenced to jail]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3380, 9.8.2008

  • USAID Sponsored to Produce a Serial Drama [describing the Cambodian legal system] Which Will Be Showed on Televisions Starting Late This Week
  • Civil Society Organizations Call on Generous People to Help the Families of Soldiers Who Are Protecting the Borders [at the Preah Vihear regions]

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Friday, 8.8.2008: Cambodia Asks the US Embassy to Create an Office for the Enforcement of the Anti-Drug Law in Cambodia

Posted on 9 August 2008. Filed under: week 572 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Phnom Penh: The National Authority for Combating Drugs has asked the US Embassy to create an office for the enforcement of the anti-drug law in Cambodia, in order to train the Cambodian anti-drugs authorities in different skills, and in order to help them to combat drugs worldwide.

“Mr. Lour Ramin, the secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said, ‘Previously, we had asked the US embassy to create an office for the enforcement of the anti-drug law and to combat drugs in Cambodia. However, this request has not received a response from the US Embassy in Cambodia.’ Although there is no response from the US embassy, Mr. Lour Ramin said, ‘Before, the National Authority for Combating Drugs has cooperated well with the US anti-drug office in Bangkok, Thailand, to implement the laws, as well as in other sections related to combat drugs.’

“Mr. Lour Ramin explained, ‘The creation of an US anti-drug office in Cambodia would not only benefits Cambodia, but also the United States would gain advantages; both sides would benefit, because drugs relate to international border crossing crimes, and drugs target the United States as one big drug market in the word. Therefore, the United States has also an obligation to combat drugs.’ Mr. Lour Ramin added, ‘Because Cambodia does not have much experience and human resources in this work, we need help from the United States in the field of techniques, human resources, and other fields, and we need international cooperation.’

“The interest for an US administrative office to combat drugs in Cambodia by anti-drug officials of Cambodia was acknowledged by the US Embassy, but there is no official letter from the government of Cambodia. Mr. John Johnson, the new spokesperson of the US Embassy in Cambodia, explained to Khmer Sthapana clearly in Khmer on Thursday, ‘We have not received an official request from the government of Cambodia for the creation of an US anti-drug office in Cambodia. However, we have cooperated well with the anti-drug office in Bangkok. Therefore, if there are drug related activities in Cambodia, the office in Bangkok will intervene.’

“Mr. Lour Ramin reported about the drug situation in Cambodia nowadays, ‘We see that drug problems in Cambodia decline after the election. However, it does not mean that criminals stop their actions, because there are still places related to drugs; the Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent still continue to grow drug plants and produce drugs, so drugs continue to appear. As long as there is drug production, the authorities still continue to combat drugs and will never disregard them.’” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #68, 8.8.2008

The Golden Triangle is one of Asia’s two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 350,000 square kilometers that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The Golden Crescent is the name given to Asia’s principal area of illicit opium production, located at the crossroads of Central, South, and Western Asia. This space overlaps three nations, Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, whose mountainous peripheries define the crescent.

Source: Wikipedia

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 8 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1714, 8.8.2008

  • An Opposition Party [the Sam Rainsy Party] Seeks Proof of Irregularities during the Election [it has announced that if any citizens report irregularities with proof to the party, they will be awarded Riel 200,000 or approx. US$50]
  • Mr. Bush’s Visit to Thailand Focused Mainly on the Problems of [the military junta in] Burma
  • France Rejects the Accusation [by Rwanda] to Have Colluded to Commit Genocide in Rwanda [which killed approximately 800,000 people]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #217, 8.8.2008

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian, Phnom Penh] Son Chhay Requested [Minister of Foreign Affairs] Hor Namhong to Set a Definite Date for the Removal of Siamese [Thai] Troops from Khmer Territory


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #68, 8.8.2008

  • Cambodia Asks the US Embassy to Create an Office for the Enforcement of the Anti-Drug Law in Cambodia
  • The Situation at the Ta Moan Temple Gets Better [because the Thai side agreed to withdraw its troops from the temple], while the Situation at the Preah Vihear Temple Region Remains Unchanged
  • The Import of Thai Fruits into Cambodia through the Poipet International Border Crossing Point Continues as Normal [but at a slightly lower level than before]
  • The Collection of Taxes on Vehicles Will Start Next Week [after a postponement of several months, as Cambodia was busy with the election]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6418, 8.8.2008

  • The Cambodian Human Rights Center Condemns the Hitting of a Journalist [of Koh Santepheap in Sihanoukville, by the Stung Hav Military Police Commander] as an Attack on the Freedom of Expression
  • Income from Taxes in July Is More Than Riel 2,500,000,000 [approx. US$625,000 – according to the Customs and Excise Department]
  • Price of Fuel in Cambodia Drops Very Slowly [premium quality fuel is Riel 5,750 – approx. US$1.43 per liter; regular quality fuel is Riel 5,650 – approx. US$1.41; and diesel is Riel 5,850 – US$1.46 – all three prices dropped only by Riel 100] while the Price of Fuel on the World Market Declines Continually [on the New York market, oil costs US$118.85 per barrel]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4662, 8.8.2008

  • The Import of Textile Products from Cambodia Ranks 13th [1.7%] on the United States Market [the first rank is China with 40.2%, Vietnam ranks 9th with 2.8%;, and Thailand has 1.8%]
  • The Preah Vihear Temple Issue Was Included in the [History] Test of the High School Diploma Examinations in 2008
  • A Meeting Was Held to Count All Disasters for the Period of Six Months of 2008 [there were 37 storms which destroyed nearly 400 houses, while in the field of agriculture, some provinces are facing drought, and the brown hopper insect [momeach tnot] is damaging rice plants in Prey Veng and Svay Rieng]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3379, 8.8.2008

  • [More than 1,000 Garment] Workers of W&D Factory Have Held Strikes [sine 7 August 2008] to Demand a 5% Allowance [Phnom Penh]

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Thursday, 7.8.2008: Migration from Home Is a Factor That Men Bring AIDS into Their Homes

Posted on 8 August 2008. Filed under: week 572 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Battambang: AIDS is a fierce disease which kills millions of people every year around the world, whether they are old, young, male, or female – and Cambodia is also attacked by this murderer.

“So far, no scientist has announced publicly that there is medicine to treat it, although there are medicines to delay death.

“A factor for, and a source of having AIDS or being infected with AIDS often result from migration from home.

“Mr. Sum Samnang, 38, who lives in Souphi, Anlong Run, Thma Koul, Battambang, said that he had left his village in 1997 to work as a worker carrying second hand clothing bundles in Poipet. Because he was far from his wife, after finishing work he sought sex services; sometimes he used condoms, but sometimes not, as he was drunk and forgot.

“In 1999, he returned home to Souphi. Until 2005 he did not know that he contracted AIDS, until he had his blood checked. He decided have his blood checked because his health became weaker, he was often sick, and he frequently had diarrhea. Mr. Samnang is now a moto-taxi driver, and because he takes good care of himself, he looks like a normal person.

“Chhay Sinang, Sum Samnang’s wife, recounted that her former husband had died; she had been infected with AIDS by her husband. She continued to say that her former husband was a construction worker who moved to far away provinces, and he liked to go to drink, and where he went, he always sought sex services.

“Mr. Yin Hieng, 37, who lives also in Souphi, said he frequently went to work at faraway provinces, and when he was far from his wife for a long time, he sought sex services. Since 2004 he knew he has AIDS, but his wife was not infected with AIDS, because he always used condoms. They have three children, but none of them have this fierce disease – their blood had been checked. Nowadays, as his business, Mr. Yin Hieng feeds ducks for eggs and meat with the help of the program of the Lutheran World Federation [LWF] in Cambodia, which provides loans at very low interest rate of only 1%. First, he borrowed Thai Baht 70,000 [approx. US$2,100] from the LWF, then Baht 100,000 [approx. US$2,300], and then Baht 110,000 [approx. US$330,000]. He has to make repayments every six months. The feeding of ducks operation does not belong to him alone; there are five and sometimes six more members who all have AIDS.

“When journalists of Rasmei Kampuchea asked him how his livelihood was before borrowing money from LWF, Mr. Yin Hieng responded with a happy face that before, he borrowed money from other people, but the interest payments were very high, and so his livelihood was terrible. Because of the LWF loans, he has capital to make his business run continually, and his livelihood is much better.

LWF helps People who have AIDS to have hope in new life

“Mr. Sy Savuth, the head of the Anlong Run Health Center and the team leader taking care of homes of people who have AIDS, said the Anlong Run Village was created in 1987 and there are 4,722 people.

“There are 21 people who have AIDS in 19 families. His health center and LWF have cooperated with each other since 2002, and LWF concentrates on people who have AIDS. Each month, this organization provides a food package containing 15 kg rice, canned fish, fish sauce, sugar, cooking oil, and noodles, which a worth of US$10 in total, to families that have members with AIDS. Moreover, LWF provides money for traveling, to go to receive these donations, as well as to get the medicines, and to have meetings at the center of the province.

“Besides support such as money, medicines to delay death, food, and loans with low interest rates to people who have AIDS, LWF also goes directly to provide preventive education, encouraging people who have AIDS to struggle and be strong in their lives, as well as to train people participating in a Friends Educate Friends Network among youth, moto-taxi drivers, police, and soldiers.

“As results, people understand better what AIDS is, discrimination declines, and the livelihood of people who have AIDS in Souphi is improving..

“Mr. Sy Savuth added that many people who have AIDS are those who returned from the Cambodian and Thai border areas; some of them worked as porters [waiting to be hired to carry things] and some worked as taxi drivers from Phnom Penh to Poipet.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4661, 7.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 7 August 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1713, 7.8.2008

  • Cambodia Ranks Second in the World by Having [82] Mine Sniffing Dogs [after Afghanistan, which has 250 dogs]
    This Year, Civil Servants and Senior Military Officials Joined the High School Diploma Examinations


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #216, 7.8.2008

  • [Opposition party president] So Surprised about the Decision of the Constitutional Council [on 5 August 2008] Which Fined Him US$2,500 [on accusation of defamation of the three top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party: Mr. Chea Sim, Mr. Hun Sen, and Mr. Heng Samrin, during his election campaigning in Kratie]
  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian, Phnom Penh] Son Chhay: There Is No Law to Allow a Party That Wins Most Seats to Distribute Other Party’s Seats [Article 118 of the election law says only that if one party announces publicly that it will not take the seats it has won in the election to the National Assembly, those seats can be distributed]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #67, 7.8.2008

  • [More than 100] Vendors of the New Market Plan to Sue a [French] Company at the French Embassy [because this company plans to narrow their stalls after repairing the market]
  • Much Corruption [collecting money from candidates] Occurred during the High School Diploma Examinations at Kompong Cham Examination Centers


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6417, 7.8.2008

  • Cambodia Welcomes the Presence of France to Coordinate the Marking of the Border [following a request by the Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs to France]
  • This Year, Fish in the Mekong River Are Scarce; Fishers Who Put Fish Traps Complain and Wait until the Water Rises


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3552, 7.8.2008

  • The Cambodian and Thai Ministers of Foreign Affairs Will Have a Meeting on 18 August 2008; [Cambodian Television Network presenter] Yuk Chenda Had a Car Accident Overturning, Returning from [bringing presents to] the Preah Vihear Temple, Destroying the Front Part of the Car [she and six friends were seriously injured]
  • Soldiers of Brigade #31 [under Vice Admiral Sun Saroeun] Evicted Citizens from the Veal Thom Pagoda [where they had fled after their land had been seized in order to turn it into a tree nursery – Kampot]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4661, 7.8.2008

  • Migration from Home Is a Factor That Men Bring AIDS into Their Homes
  • This Year, Officials [of the Ministry of Education] Said that the High School Diploma Examinations Proceeded Smoothly, while the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association Claimed There Was No Improvement [because the documents for the tests of the Geography and of the Citizen Studies were leaked, and some teachers did exercises of tests showing results and handed them to students in exchange for money]
  • Four Types of Agro-Industrial Crops [potatoes, rubber, soy beans, and cashew nuts] Are Spreading in Ratanakiri
  • [President of Zimbabwe] Mugabe Not Allowed to Participate in the Opening of the Olympic Games [according to an announcement by China]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3378, 7.8.2008

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Wednesday, 6.8.2008: Twenty Eight National and International Organizations Join to Find Strategies to Organize a Long-Term Education Campaign

Posted on 7 August 2008. Filed under: week 572 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Phnom Penh: Twenty eight national and international organizations in Cambodia met on Tuesday [5 August 2008] at the Imperial Hotel, all from the field of education, coming together to find strategies to create a long-term campaign to strengthen education for the period from 2009 to 2011, to promote the right to education for everyone. During this discussion, target teams were formed to go directly to apply what they have learned at the targeted basis with the relevant authorities and with citizens at the basis, so that they understand the problems related to the right to education.

“The Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Education, Mr. Un Bunphoeun, who had taken the initiative to organize this workshop on strategies for an education campaign for 2009 to 2011, said that this workshop, with participation by twenty eight organizations, aims to discuss the creation of a long-term educational strategic plan. It is a strategic plan to help children in all provinces and cities to receive such a plan on the right to education for all. Mr. Un Bunphoeun said that this educational strategic plan has to be created with the participation of non-government organizations, relevant ministries and institutions, and target groups at the basis. He explained that after finishing this whole day of discussions at the workshop, working teams will be assigned to the provinces and cities to engage in teaching at communities, schools, or other places, so that the plans have to be created with the participation of citizens, students, teachers, and local authorities at the basis, so that they understand the value of education in advance, and also the problems related to the educational systems, such as registration at schools, quality of education, and the right to education – so that all understand and participate.

“Dr. Sam Sidet, a representative of UNESCO, participating in this workshop, said that he hopes, after finishing this whole day discussion, that working teams will set real goals to process the 2009 to 2011 educational activities successfully, and to spread among the citizens in general the understanding of the right to education for their children.

“Ms. Janneke, a Dutch advisor to the Global Campaign for Education, said that this workshop is an effort to contribute to the educational strategies to organize an effective campaign for education for all in Cambodia, for the coming period of three yeas.

“Mr. Rong Chhun, the president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, said yesterday, ‘I welcome organizations that discuss to find strategies for this there-year period of education – this is positive, and it responds to the policies of international educational organizations as well as to the plans of the Ministry of Education up to 2015, which aims that all Khmer children can receive education by that year; at least, they can finish basic education including Grade 9.’ He went on to say, ‘For the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association this is very important, in order that all Khmer children have access to education, that the government has to convince parents, students, and especially the local authorities, to participate actively, so that they understand the value of education; and specifically, the government should promote the teachers’ livelihood by providing them with appropriate salaries.’” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #66, 6.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 6 August 2008


Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #80, 6-12.8.2008

  • Mr. Keo Puth Rasmey Will Resign as President of Funcinpec [according to information from Funcinpec]


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1712, 6.8.2008

  • Cambodia and Siam [Thailand] Agree to Negotiate Again on 18 August 2008 [in Thailand – according to information from the cabinet of the Royal Government of Cambodia]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #66, 6.8.2008

  • Twenty Eight National and International Organizations Join to Find Strategies to Organize a Long-Term Education Campaign


Koh Santepheap, Vol.4116, #6416, 6.8.2008

  • After Negotiations at Ou Smach [Oddar Meanchey, on 5 August 2008] Cambodian Troops Surround Siamese [Thai] Troops around the Ta Moan Temple [the Thai side agreed later to withdraw from the Ta Moan Thom Temple] while the Situation at the Preah Vihear Temple Region Remains as Usual
  • The National Election Committee Denied the Claim of the Sam Rainsy Party that There Were Up to One Million People Who Could Not Vote
  • The Government Appoints a Korean [Mr. Kim Yong Duk] to Be Advisor for Disaster Control [4 August 2008]
  • The Price of Fuel on the International Markets Continues to Drop [US$121 per barrel] and Will Decline Two More Weeks, but the Price of Fuel in Cambodia Does Not Decline Even One Cent
  • Minister of Information Went to Check Construction of National Radio Station [Sihanoukville]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4660, 6.8.2008

  • The Thai Cabinet Decided to Withdraw Some Troops [from the Preah Vihear Temple Region, on 5 August 2008]
    Prime Minister Pledges to Provide Five Important Positions to Funcinpec [but he did not mention which ones]
  • The Phnom Penh Land Management Office [administered by Mr. Sieng Soyany, director of the Land Management Office of the Department of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction of Phnom Penh] Is Criticized Regarding Some Retired Officials [whom Mr. Sieng Soyany allows to continue to work]
  • Vietnam Arrested Four People Who Trafficked Weapons from Cambodia [5 August 2008]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3377, 6.8.2008

  • The Supreme Army Commander [Boonsang Niempradit] of the Invading Siamese Troops Asked Cambodia to Remove Troops from the Ta Moan Temple [4 August 2008]
  • Does the Incursion by Siam [Thailand] into Khmer Border Regions Result from the White Zones That Hun Sen Signed with Siam [in 2000]?

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Tuesday, 5.8.2008: Cambodia and Kuwait Signed Five Agreements

Posted on 6 August 2008. Filed under: week 572 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Phnom Penh: Cambodia and Kuwait signed five agreements to improve the cooperation between both countries during a three-day official visit by the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah, from 3 to 5 August 2008.

“The Prime Minister of Kuwait arrived on 3 August 2008 and was warmly welcomed by Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, other high-ranking officials of the Royal Government of Cambodia, ambassadors to Cambodia, the general public, and many students who were at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

“On the second day of the visit, both sides joined in a signing ceremony of agreements on economic and technical cooperation, on trade, of an agreement to promote and protect mutual investments, of a memorandum of understanding about the foreign affairs of Cambodia and of Kuwait, and a memorandum on civil aviation.

“The Minister of Information Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that this meeting of more than an hour, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 4 August 2008, was an intimate dialogue which achieved the best results toward success. He said in a press conference that Samdech Dekchor welcomed the Kuwait delegation, the first delegation to Cambodia since the national election last week, to strengthen relations between both countries starting a new stage.

“He added that Sheikh Al-Sabah has admired the high percentage of the participation of Cambodian citizens in the election, which shows that it was an election which is democratic and free, as the rate of voters is higher than in other countries in the world.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that the Prime Minister of Kuwait has the intention to create a permanent embassy in Cambodia in order to facilitate diplomatic relations and cooperation in the fields of economy and investments between both countries, and Kuwait wants that Cambodia should also have an embassy in Kuwait.

“Sheikh Al-Sabah said that Kuwait is now preparing to invest in Cambodia and wants to invest also in agriculture as an important sector, so that Cambodia becomes strong in agriculture.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that the Prime Minister of Kuwait suggested that Cambodia and Kuwait should start cultural exchange programs so that citizens of both countries learn to know each other, and that there should be exchanges of delegations from different sectors and on different levels, in order to build up cooperation; also, Sheikh Al-Sabah invited Samdech Dekchor to visit Kuwait, and Samdech Dekchor has already agreed.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith went on to say that Kuwait wants to establish direct flights from Kuwait also to Cambodia and wants to help to buy agricultural products from Cambodia and to help in the gas and oil fields.

“He continued that in the dialogue, Samdech Dekchor had said that to exchange experiences of economic relations is also strengthening political and diplomatic relations. Samdech said that Kuwait can contact the private sector to buy a plot of land to construct an embassy in Cambodia, but Cambodia, as a first step, will assign an ambassador to the Middle East, to send diplomatic credentials to the government of Kuwait, because Cambodia does not have enough funds to construct an embassy in Kuwait.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that Samdech Dekchor welcomed investments by private companies from Kuwait in Cambodia, saying that there is big potential for Cambodian economic development, and he also welcomed direct flights between Cambodia and Kuwait.

“He went on to say that Samdech Dekchor asked Kuwait to check the possibility to provide loans to Cambodia to further improve the infrastructure, such as roads and the irrigation system. Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that Sheikh Al-Sabah offered two choices – one is investments, and the other is joint investment partnerships which need to be considered later.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith continued to say that Cambodia asked Kuwait to check the possibility to train Cambodian experts in the fields of gas and oil exploration and production, so that Cambodia will have its own technicians in the future. Samdech Dekchor welcomed the initiate for cultural exchanges, and he also suggested to hold football matches between both countries.

“Sheikh Al-Sabah finishes his official visit to Cambodia on 5 August 2008; Laos is the next destination of his visit.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1711, 5.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 5 August 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1711, 5.8.2008

  • Cambodia and Kuwait Signed Five Agreements
  • [Director of Sambok Khmum Radio FM 105 Hz] Mam Sonando Asked the King [by letter] to Provide Amnesty to Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh regarding the lawsuit of Funcinpec against him, over the sale of the Funcinpec headquarters]
  • Two Supervisors of the Phsar Daeum Thkov Examination Center Were Caught on the First Day of the High School Diploma Examination, Collecting Money from Candidates During a Session of the Khmer Literature Examination
    There Were Little Paper Notes Thrown to Students with Information for Cheating in Phnom Penh, and Test Documents Were Leaked in Banteay Meanchey during the High School Diploma Examination
  • New Market Vendors Assembled to Protest in Front of the Phnom Penh Municipality [to ask for intervention from Prime Minister Hun Sen, because the director-general of the New Market, Mr. Sok Kimheng, and a French Company, Co SAN, plan to narrow their stalls after repairing the building]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #65, 5.8.2008

  • A Son of a High Ranking Official Drove a Car and Hit a Man to Death; then He Escaped [3 August 2008]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6415, 5.8.2008

  • Security of Phnom Penh Is Strengthened while a New Government Is Planed to Be Formed, and while There Is Tension with Siam [Thailand]
  • The Attempt of a Journalist [ofKoh Santepheap, Mr. Ruos Phina, who was hit by a military police officer in Sihanoukville] to Lodge a Complaint Failed for the Second Time, because a Procedural Bias
  • Stampede at a Hindu Temple in Northern India Killed 125 to 150 People [most of them children, women, and old people]
  • A Chinese Police Post Was Attacked [by explosives thrown by two men] Killing 16 Police [in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north-western part of China – 新疆维吾尔自治区 – [traditional script 新疆維吾爾自治區] – in north western China where the majority of the population is Muslim – according to the Xinhua News Agency – 新华通讯社]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3530, 5.8.2008

  • Hundreds of Siamese [Thai] Soldiers Invade to Control the Ta Moan Temple of Cambodia [by 4 August 2008, there were around 200 Thai soldiers at the temple]
  • Citizens Are Concerned about Vietnamese Boats Entering to Fish Illegally in the Khmer Sea [Kampot]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4659, 5.8.2008

  • Thailand Plans to Asks for the Listing of the Ta Moan Temple as a World Heritage Site [according to The Nation of 4 July 2008, quoting that the director-general the Thai Department of Fine Arts, Mr. Kriengkrai Sampatchalit, said so]; Some Thai officials said that the Ta Moan Temple Is in the White Zone; but Cambodia claims that the Ta Moan Touch [small] Temple and the Ta Moan Thom [big] Temple Are in Khmer Territory
  • Son of [former Vice-Chairperson of the Senate, Funcinpec] Prince Sisowath Chivanmonirak [Prince Sisowath Duong Chivanmonirak], Was Detained on the Accusation of Deception Relating to More Than US$100,000 [31 July 2008 – Siem Reap]
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a Nobel Literature Prize laureate [the well-known and brave author who criticized the tyranny of the Soviet Union – (here is his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, worth reading)], Died at the Age of 89 [2 August 2008]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3376, 5.8.2008

  • The FBI, Having an Office in the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Accepted the Request [by the Ministry of Interior] to Help Investigate the Murder of a Journalist [Mr. Khim Sambo and his 21-year-old son]

Click here to have a look at the last editorial – where we try to provide our readers with important information which all publications in Cambodia – as far as we can see – are not providing; but the international community knows more – we wonder how long the Cambodian public can be held uninformed.

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