Archive for August, 2010

Cambodia Monday denied media’s report that suggested the country might have deal with Iran to build a nuclear power plant.

Koy Kuong, spokesman of Foreign Ministry said Monday that Cambodia has not made any deal with Iran on anything related to nuclear power plant.

Koy Kuong made the statement following media’s report that suggested during the recent visit to Iran. Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs might have discussed any issue on nuclear power plant.

Koy Kuong said, during the visit, there were only three documents were signed: cooperation in petroleum, economic cooperation and visa exemption.

Hor Namhong made an official visit to Iran early this month.

Cambodia has earlier expressed its interest, for the future, to access a nuclear power plant in order to secure sufficient power supply, but stressed it would not be any time soon.

Since June, Iran has been imposed with new sanctions by the United States, European Union and the United Nations in a way to stop its sensitive uranium-enrichment program which they fear of nuclear weapons production.

But the Irani government had denied the charge, saying the program was only for a peaceful purpose.

Source: according people’s daily online

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President Nguyen Minh Triet and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni have agreed the two countries should maintain high-level contacts to promote and facilitate expansion of bilateral multi-faceted co-operation.

They reached the consensus at their meeting in Phnom Penh on August 27 during the current State visit to Cambodia by President Nguyen Minh Triet.

They welcomed efforts by both governments in implementing bilateral co-operation agreements.

King Norodom Sihamoni welcomed the current visit to Cambodia by President Triet, saying he believed it would be a historical event, create a strong dynamic to promote the two countries’ traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation for prosperity of each nation.

The King expressed his gratitude to the Vietnamese leaders’ and people’s support and valuable assistance for the Cambodian people in the past, as well as the present national restoration and development.

The Vietnamese people are always the Cambodian people’s good neighbour, and the Cambodian stands shoulder to shoulder with the Vietnamese people, he affirmed.

King Norodom Sihamoni also pledged to continue fostering the traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation between the two countries.

He expressed the wish that the Vietnamese people under the leadership of the Vietnamese Party and State would continue to obtain even greater achievements in their national construction and development.

President Triet hailed achievements recorded by the Cambodian fraternal people under the reign of King Norodom Sihamoni in the national construction and development.

He spoke highly of Cambodia’s increasing position and prestige in the region and in the world and wished the Cambodian people more achievements in the future in order to successfully build the Kingdom of Cambodia in peace and prosperous development.

President Triet also thanked the King, the government and people of Cambodia for their due attention to and for facilitating the Vietnamese community to live, work and study in Cambodia, thus contributing to Cambodia’s development and fostering the friendship of the two nations.

He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance and sparing no effort to foster the Vietnam-Cambodia traditional friendship and co-operation.

Earlier in the morning, President Triet laid wreaths at the Independence Monument and the monument commemorating Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Cambodia.

He also attended a ceremony to inaugurate the Radio the Voice of Vietnam Bureau in the capital city. (VNA)

Source: according nhandan.com

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A team of specialists led by the president of Tokyo’s Sophia University has excavated the severed upper halves of six Buddhist statues from the Angkor ruins in northwestern Cambodia.

The Sophia University Angkor International Mission, headed by university President Yoshiaki Ishizawa, excavated the statues from a circular moat at the ruins of Banteay Kdei temple on Friday.

About 60cm tall, the statues are believed to have been produced in the late 12th or early 13th century.

Ishizawa and his team have worked to repair and preserve the Angkor ruins, a World Heritage Site. They also excavated Buddhist statues there in 2001, a discovery that brought certain historical events to light, including the fact that Buddhism was suppressed across Cambodia after the death in 1219 of Jayavarman VII, the king who constructed the temple.

The latest excavation found the pieces neatly lined up in the circular moat, which a team member said was “evidence that the people of those days did not lose faith (in Buddhism) despite the oppression.”

Source: according asianewsnet.com

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodia is building a small park to accommodate demonstrators, but would-be protesters criticize the project as a means to throttle dissent by keeping them far from government offices.

Democracy Square is 70 percent complete and should be finished by the end of September, said Sam Samuth, chief of Phnom Penh’s Municipal garden bureau, on Thursday.

The 60-by-200 meter (200-by-650 foot) site is very close to the U.S. Embassy and Wat Phnom, a famous old Buddhist temple that historically marks the city’s center but is not near any major government offices, such as the seat of government and the National Assembly.

It is about a mile (1.6 kilometers) north of a park across from the old parliament building that has been the most popular venue for political and social protests, some of which authorities ended with force.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, who has been active in staging demonstrations, says the purpose of the site _ also known as Freedom Park _ is to muffle protesters’ voices.

“I think the location of the Freedom Park is not the right place for demonstrators to show their concern. I _ and other protesters _ would not stage a demonstration at a place where no one will be heard,” Rong Chhun said.

The park, built where the headquarters of the military police used to be, will have no special facilities except for eight public toilets.

The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen is democratically elected but tries to limit dissent, often through legal means such as lawsuits. Journalists, human rights activists, opposition lawmakers and other critics have been convicted or jailed for defaming Hun Sen and his allies.

In October 2009, Cambodia’s parliament approved a bill banning demonstrations by more than 200 people. The law also requires protesters to seek official permission five days ahead of a planned rally.

During the debate, lawmakers from the country’s main opposition party, the Sam Rainsy Party, described the law as a clear setback for Cambodia’s democracy.

Source: according yahoo.com

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HIGH poultry prices have cut into the bottom line of Cambodia’s KFC fast-food restaurants, according to Malaysia-based franchise majority owner QSR Brands Bhd.

With seven stores presently selling the Colonel’s chicken in Cambodia, QSR said sales were “encouraging”, but that profitability was affected by high cost of poultry and imports. “Management is actively taking steps to source for cheaper alternatives,” it said in a release yesterday.

KFC Cambodia general manager Benjamin Jerome said the company was ramping up plans for Cambodian poultry farms, and securing a local processing plant that could meet KFC’s regulations and ease the cost burden.

“The poultry industry in Cambodia is big, but the volume cannot sustain the demand of KFC,” he said yesterday.

He said the planned poultry farms were still up to two years away from turning out chickens.

KFC in Cambodia – which is 55 percent owned by QSR, 35 percent by Cambodia’s Royal Group, and 10 percent by Hong Kong-registered Rightlink Corp – plans to open three more restaurants in Cambodia this year after opening its eighth in July, bringing its total to 10 restaurants in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap at the end of the year.

QSR saw an annualised 20.6 percent increase in its first-half profits to 124.1 million ringgit (US$39.5 million), compared with 102.9 million ringgit for the same period last year, according to yesterday’s results. Revenues increased at most of its businesses, but profits fell at its foreign KFC markets, comprising Cambodia, Singapore and Brunei.

Foreign market revenue for QSR increased almost 14 million ringgit to 188.4 million ringgit for the half year, but foreign market profits fell 27.3 percent to 4 million ringgit.

Source: according phnompnehpost

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Cambodia’s ambassador to Thailand, You Aye, returned to Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Wednesday, a day after the Thai envoy left for Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Mrs. You Aye arrived at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport on flight TG 932 from Phnom Penh.

The bilateral ties between Thailand and Cambodia have largely improved after ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra resigned as an economic adviser to Cambodia.

Also, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered on Tuesday the release of three Thai men being detained in Siem Reap after they were arrested for entering Cambodia illegally.

The Bangkok Post’s website reported the three Thais are expected to return to Thailand within days.

The Cambodian ambassador to Thailand, however, left the airport without giving any interview.

Source: people’s daily online

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The restoration of the diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Thailand will be sure to help further improve relations between the two countries, a government official said on Tuesday.

Thailand ambassador arrived here on Tuesday evening to resume his work in Cambodia after absence of nearly 10 months.

Koy Kuong, foreign ministry’s spokesman confirmed to Xinhua on Tuesday evening that “Cambodian ambassador, Madame You Ay, will return to perform her duty as ambassador tomorrow, now that Thai ambassador has returned to Phnom Penh.”

Cambodia, Thailand downgraded their diplomatic relation on Nov. 5 last year after Cambodia appointed Thaksin as advisor to Cambodian government and Prime Minister Hun Sen. Thai recalled ambassador Prasas Prasasvinitchai and Cambodia made the same move on the same day.

But Thaksin made a surprise resignation from the posts on Monday and Cambodian government announced it had accepted his resignation.

Just hours after Cambodia confirmed to Thailand with Thaksin’s resignation from the posts, Thai government said it would send back the ambassador to Cambodia the next day, and Cambodia said it will reciprocate its ambassador.

Koy Kuong said that the restoration of the diplomatic relations between the two countries will be sure to help the further improvement of the relations in various fields.

However, he declined to give further details about what’s the effect it will be on the solution of border dispute between two countries. “I can’t answer the question now, all we can do is to wait and see,” he said. “We can not say that with the restoration of a good diplomatic relation, all the problems will be solved such as the border issue.”

Cambodia and Thailand has had border dispute since Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple was registered as World Heritage Site in July 2008.

Since then several rounds of military clashes have occurred between the two countries’ armies and caused some deaths and injuries on both sides.

Source: according people’s daily online

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Cambodian government announced former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra had resigned as Cambodia’s economic advisor.

Thailand will resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia from Tuesday, the Thai government said after the Cambodian government announced former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra had resigned as Cambodia’s economic advisor.

Thailand and Cambodia recalled their ambassadors from each others’ countries on Nov. 5 after Cambodia appointed Thaksin an economic adviser in late October, a move that heightened tension between the neighbours.

“They have announced that they do not have any more ties with Thaksin so our condition to hold back a diplomat has ended,” Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya told Reuters.

“Thailand will send our diplomat back tomorrow. Similarly, Cambodia will also send its diplomat back to Thailand.”

By Reuters

Source: according worldbulletin.net

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Today i was so shocked when i read PhnomPenhPost article Innocent victim: cafe guard injured in SUV smash, the young security guard who work for Gloria Jeans cafe was crushed by vehicle.

The story from the friend of mine was a bit different from the news, he told me that the Lexus driver was a young irresponsible driver who drove at speed 100Km/h on the crowded street where suppose to drive at 30km/h,  and when after the incident occurred the driver did not even pay attention to the injured man instead he talk to police and try to offer some money to get rid problem. The poor security guard is facing a cruel fate, the doctor confirm that one of his leg was cut and he probably will lose another one.

Gloria jean cafe is put the sign board for any donation to help save the young security guard, if want to donate please go to Gloria jean cafe at Beang Kengkon, Chamkarmon district, Phnom Penh.

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HANOI (AFP) – Nations around one of the world’s great rivers, the Mekong, are tightening transport and other links but have neglected the region’s very heart — the river itself, a Cambodian minister said Friday.

At a meeting of the six countries surrounding the Mekong, Cham Prasidh said the potential of the 4,800-kilometre (2,976-mile) river has been neglected as the region develops road links and “economic corridors”, which he likened to arteries.

“But we forget the heart and the Mekong River is the heart. We need to develop the heart first,” he told AFP after making his suggestion to a conference of fellow ministers.

“I think this is a new concept but this is something that is going to strike them all, because we have overlooked the main thing, in the Mekong.”

Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, was speaking at the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) conference.

GMS is an Asian Development Bank-supported programme that began 18 years ago to promote development through closer economic links. Along with Cambodia it includes Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, as well as China’s Yunnan province and the Chinese Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Cham Prasidh said the Mekong should be developed for river transport to enable trade, while the livelihoods of people living along it should be enhanced.

He also proposed that agriculture around the river be developed in accordance with an ecosystem that is changing because of global warming.

The Mekong begins in the Tibetan Plateau, flows through China, along the northeastern border of Myanmar, and then marks the Thai-Lao frontier before pouring into the heart of Cambodia and ending at the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.

More than 300 million people live in the area surrounding the Mekong.

Cham Prasidh said it was too soon to assess the cost of developing the Mekong River as an economic corridor but added that it would be “quite a huge project” which he hoped the Asian Development Bank and others would support.

“Actually… the transportation of all the goods through the Mekong River should be the cheapest way of transport” once it is cleared of rocks and obstacles, he said.

“By so doing we also open the door for Laos, from being a landlocked country to open it to the sea.”

No other ministers mentioned the Mekong in their opening remarks, except for Thailand’s lead delegate who mentioned a need for “better management” of the river.

Delegates were expected later Friday to endorse a plan for connecting regional rail lines, which Cham Prasidh said would be another cheap way of transporting goods to the Mekong nations and beyond, to other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The plan cites four possible ways of connecting the railways but it says the most viable route would stretch from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, then Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and finally up to Nanning and Kunming, largely using existing lines or those already under construction.

The only missing link on that route would be between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh, it says, estimating a cost of 1.09 billion dollars for completion.

This does not include roughly seven billion dollars in additional funding needed to upgrade the existing lines.

By 2025, an estimated 3.2 million passengers and 23 million tonnes of freight are forecast for the completed route, the document says.

Although they are growing fast, the Mekong nations — except for Thailand — have the lowest per capita gross domestic product among the 10 ASEAN members.

Source: according yahoo.com

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20 August 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today offered to help Cambodia and Thailand resolve their differences over a disputed temple area along their common border.

Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring South-East Asian nations in July 2008 following the build-up of military forces near the Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia.

The temple, which dates back to the 11th century, was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) earlier that month.

The row turned deadly in October of that year when two people reportedly died during an exchange of fire between Thai and Cambodian forces near the site.

“The Secretary-General hopes that Cambodia and Thailand will resolve the dispute along their border amicably through dialogue,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.

“He stands ready to help the parties,” Mr. Haq added.

Source: according un.org

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