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Cambodia To Host the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee in June Next Year
AKP Phnom Penh, December 20, 2012 —
The World Heritage Committee has decided to hold its 37th session in June 2013 in Cambodia, according to a declaration by H.E. Sok An, Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia.
The meeting will take place in Phnom Penh, the capital city and ANGKOR, said the declaration released this morning.
Twenty years ago, the World Heritage Committee at its 16th session, on Dec. 14, 1992, in Santa Fe, in the USA, decided to inscribe ANGKOR on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, it recalled.
That decision, innovative and very courageous for that time, expressed clearly the concern of the international community to cooperate with Cambodia to address effectively and speedily the urgent problems of conservation and safeguarding faced by the many groups of monuments spread throughout an archaeological zone of 40,000 ha, including Roluos, to the south, and Banteay Srey, to the north, added the declaration.
Since then, under the patronage of UNESCO and the joint presidency of FRANCE and JAPAN, international support on a grand scale has been generated involving 16 countries from 4 continents. Some 36 organisations have to date undertaken 64 projects, and expended US$250 million.
The road travelled has unanimously been acclaimed as exceptional. Before 1993, the date of the TOKYO Conference for ANGKOR and the establishment of the International Coordination Committee (ICC), the site was mined and the monuments were in danger. Illicit traffic in cultural items and organised theft of objects of art were in full spate, while poverty was the lot of the inhabitants of villages on the site.
Since 1993, ANGKOR has seen a complete renaissance, said the declaration, stressing that its safeguarding was recognised as achieved following the 2003 ICC Conference in PARIS, thanks to significant programs to increase cultural appreciation and awareness, economic development and the fight against poverty.
AKP Phnom Penh, December 20, 2012 —
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E Hor Namhong will lead a delegation to attend the 8th Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) between Cambodia and Thailand to be held next week in Thailand.
According to a press release of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued this morning, at the invitation of his Thai counterpart H.E. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, H.E. Hor Namhong will attend the JCBC on Dec 25-26, 2012 in Bangkok.
The upcoming meeting will discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interests with a view to further enhancing the existing good neighborly relation and cooperation between the two countries, it underlined.
At the end of the meeting, both sides will adopt the Record of Discussion, it added.
Besides, H.E. Hor Namhong will pay a courtesy call on H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, concluded the press release.
KP Phnom Penh, December 20, 2012 —
The 3rd Meeting of Cambodia-Thailand Joint Working Group concluded on Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand with fruitful results, said Gen. Neang Phat, Secretary of State at Cambodia’s Defense Ministry.
The three-day meeting was co-chaired by Gen. Neang Phat and Gen. Worapong Sanganetra, Chief of Joint Staff at the Royal Thai Army.
At the meeting, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to prepare a joint mine clearance plan in the areas in the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) surrounding the Khmer sacred Preah Vihear Temple, in February next year, said Gen. Neang Phat at a press conference at Phnom Penh International Airport upon the arrival of the Cambodian delegation from the meeting.
The Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) and Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) will draw up a joint mine clearance plan to demine at the areas of the PDZ, not later than February 2013 to support troop redeployment from the PDZ and to ensure safety for a joint observer team to the area, he said.
Both sides also expressed their commitment to comply with the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of July 18, 2011, he added.
Cambodia-Thailand border dispute started to flare up since Thailand use its unilateral map to claim its ownership of 4.6 square kilometers around Preah Vihear Temple that Cambodia listed as a World Heritage.
The Czech Republic will open its embassy in Cambodia next year, Mr. Korm Kosal, Chief of Cabinet of Samdech Heng Samrin told reporters on Tuesday after newly-appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic H.E. Vitezslav Grepl presented credentials to Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly.
At the meeting, H.E. Vitezslav Grepl spoke highly of the good relations between Cambodia and the Czech Republic. Therefore, he said, the Czech Republic has considered Cambodia as a prioritized country that it will help in all domains including health, education, agriculture and energy.
H.E. Vitezslav Grepl also pledged to try his best to boost the relationship as well as the experience exchange between Cambodia-Czech Parliaments through visit exchange, and to promote the trade activities and economic relations between the two countries.
For this part, Samdech Heng Samrin, Royal Representative of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, expressed warm welcome to H.E. Vitezslav Grepl and he was convinced that through his mission in Cambodia, the diplomatic relations and cooperation between the two nations will be further strengthened and expanded.
Samdech Heng Samrin also thanked the government and people of Czech Republic for having provided support to the development of Cambodia, particularly for having written off the debts Cambodia owed to the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
AKP Phnom Penh, December 20, 2012 –
Cambodia-Vietnam Agriculture Cooperation Exchange Forum was held here at Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center Hall last Saturday.
The event was attended by representatives from some 100 Cambodian and Vietnamese companies.
H.E. Mao Thora, Cambodian Secretary of State for Commerce spoke highly of the good bilateral trade cooperation between Cambodia and Vietnam, stressing that the value of the two-way trade has seen almost a double increase.
Cambodia’s export to Vietnam was US$96 million in 2010 and US$148 million in 2011, whereas Vietnam’s export to Cambodia was US$487 million in 2010 and US$882 million in 2011, he indicated.
For his part, H.E. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development shared the same ideas with H.E. Mao Thora, saying that the increase in Cambodia-Vietnam bilateral trade is thanks to the good cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
Trade fairs and meetings between Cambodian and Vietnamese businessmen are very significant for experience exchange and negotiations for the benefits of both parties, Mr. Ha Cong Tuan stated.