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AKP Phnom Penh, March 18, 2013 – A delegation of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) led by its President Mr. Khamla Lolonsy has paid a visit to Cambodia and reestablished the relations and cooperation between LFTU and its Cambodian counterpart.

During its week-long stay (Mar. 15-20) in the Kingdom, Mr. Khamla Lolonsy held talks on Mar. 16 with Mr. Som Aun, President of National Union Alliance Chamber of Cambodia (NACC). On the occasion, Mr. Khamla Lolonsy expressed his pleasure over the reestablishment of relations between the two countries’ unions after being suspended in 1993 and he added that LFTU planned to invite an NACC delegation to visit Laos in order to reach a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the bilateral relations and cooperation.

For his part, Mr. Som Aun welcomed the Lao union delegation’s visit in Cambodia and briefed his guests over the fruitful achievements of NACC, particularly in solving labor dispute between manufacturers and garment workers.

During its visit, the LFTU delegation also met with Cambodian Minister of Labor and Vocational Training H.E. Vong Sauth on Mar. 15 and is scheduled to meet with H.E. Ith Samheng, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and the Cambodian Council of National Unions (CCNU) as well.


AKP Phnom Penh, March 18, 2013 – Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) last Friday launched its election hotline for the forthcoming legislative elections under the cooperation between NEC, the Open Institute andInternational Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

This program, which begins from now on until September 2013, will provide free-of-charge mobile phone call, said NEC Chairman H.E. Im Soursdey, adding that by dialing 1285, people will have access to information on the 5th legislative elections scheduled to be held on July 28, 2013.

Through this program, NEC will launch five other hotlines in June to help people in searching their names on the voter list and in getting other information related to elections, he added.

ĐẠI HỘI ĐẢNG CPP Đại hội đảng bất thường CPP AKP Phnom Penh, March 18, 2013 –

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has expressed its unanimous support to the candidacy of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia for the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly and terms thereafter.

The ruling party made the reaffirmation at its Nationwide Representatives’ Extraordinary Congress held on Mar. 16-17 in Phnom Penh under the presidencies of its President Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim, its Vice President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, and its Honorary President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.

The Congress also reaffirms the CPP’s stand in continuing to adhere to the principle of forming coalition government with Funcinpec and to strengthen cooperation with all patriotic circles through placing national interest above all else on the basis of democratic principle and rule of law to expand the great solidarity for the construction and defense of the motherland, said the CPP in its eight-point resolutions issued after the Congress.

The Congress lauded the country’s major achievements in the past five years under the leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen in the national construction and defense, social and economic development, said the resolutions, indicating that Cambodia achieved the economic growth of 7.3 percent in 2012, the poverty rate decreased from 22.9 percent in 2009 to 20 percent in 2011 and it is expected to go down further to 19 percent in 2013.

The following is the full Resolutions of the Nationwide Representatives’ Extraordinary Congress of CPP

Nghị quyết Đại hội bất thường

Of the Nationwide Representatives’ Extraordinary Congress of the Cambodian People’s Party

The Nationwide Representatives’ Extraordinary Congress of the Cambodian People’s Party was held two days from March 16 through to 17, 2013, under the supreme presidencies of President Samdech Akka Thoma Pothisal Chea Sim, Vice President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Honorary President Samdech Akka Moha Punnhea Chakrey Heng Samrin and the Permanent Committee of the Central Committee. Taking parts in the Congress were 2,248 participants who are members of the Central Committee, the Party’s officials who are members of the National Assembly, the Senate, the Royal Government and the Party’s representatives from Ministries, capital city, provinces and districts/Khans.

The Congress expresses deep condolence to the passing-away of the Cambodian people’s supremely respected Preah Karuna Preah Vorakreaj Beida Cheat Khmer Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh and prays for HM’s soul to rest peacefully in paradise.

The Congress extends its loyalty and profound gratitude to the supremely respected Queen Mother of the Khmer Nation and His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia, who are providing cool shade for the Cambodian people and wishes Their Majesties good health, intelligence and longevity to continue leading the Cambodian ship towards progress and happiness.

Conducted on a broadly democratic basis in conformity with the Party’s statute and internal regulation, The Congress issues following resolutions.

1. The Congress approves the evaluation of implementation results of the Party’s Political Platform for 2008 though to 2012 and the tasks for 2013, while proudly taking note of major achievements in all fields scored in nearly five years by the Royal Government of the fourth legislative term under the leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in the national construction and defense; Peace, political stability, security, social order have been safeguarded firmly; People are living harmoniously in a democratic society with rule of law and respect of rights and freedom, and improved livelihood; Profound sate reforms have been fruitfully implemented, especially the reform of fisheries management through abolishing freshwater fishing lots and leave them for the people to conduct household fishing, and the land reform through the implementation of “new actions based on existing policy,” which has enjoyed congratulation and support from the people in every corner of society; Despite global financial crisis and economic downturn, Cambodia achieved the economic growth of 7.3% in 2012; that the millennium development goals in reducing poverty have been achieved by bringing the poverty rate of 22.9% in 2009 down to 20% in 2011 and in 2013, the rate is expected to go down further to 19%; the Cambodian prestige and credit has been raised high in the international arena where Cambodia participates equally and in equal footing with other countries to resolve regional as well as world affairs; The Congress supports fully the efforts made by the Royal Government in continuing to implement successfully the Political Platform, the Rectangular Strategy Phase II and the Strategic Plan for National Development Update for 2009-2013.
2. The Congress adopts the Proclamation of the Political Platform of the Cambodian People’s Party for the construction and defense of the motherland for 2013 through to 2018, which clearly shows strategic objectives and fundamental principles and policies in all fields, to serve our nation and people in the next five years. The Congress also reviews the evaluation work in preparation for the Party committee at all levels to contest for victory in the five legislative term elections of the National Assembly, which will take place on 28 July 2013. The Congress certifies clearly the participation of the Cambodian People’s Party in the forthcoming elections in the spirit of respecting firmly the electoral law, order, procedure and ethnical codes of conduct, while sincerely cooperating with every national institutions, political parties and circles to guarantee the elections will be proceeding in a free, fair and just manner.
3. The Congress unanimously supports the candidacy of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Vice President of the Cambodian People’s Party, as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia for the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly and terms thereafter. The Congress reaffirms the Cambodian People’s Party’s stand in continuing to adhere to the principle of forming coalition government with Funcinpec and to strengthen cooperation with all patriotic circles through placing national interest above all else on the basis of democratic principle and rule of law to expand the great solidarity for the construction and defense of the motherland.
4. The Congress expresses respect and appreciation for the Party’s working groups and Committee at every level, every officials and members of the Party for making strong solidarity around the Central Committee; closely connecting with the people; fulfilling the tasks given by the Party; striving for numerous achievements at the local levels; while contributing for victory in previous elections and preparing well for the elections of the forthcoming fifth legislative term of the National Assembly;
5. The Congress expresses profound gratitude for compatriots from all walks of lives for their supports to the just cause of the Cambodian People’s Party – from the stage of rescuing the nation from the genocide to the present – and for giving it more and more votes from one elections to the next so that the Party can fulfill the tasks of serving the nation and people; expresses deep thanks for friendly countries, near and far, international community and civil society for providing valuable supports for the Cambodian people for the cause of peace, freedom, democracy and development;
6. The Congress appeals to compatriots in all corners and circles in society to give supports and participate in implementing the Political Platform of the Cambodian People’s Party so as to continue overcoming obstacles and hardships in the process of national advancement, while creating more new achievements in the cause of building, developing and defending the Cambodian motherland.
7. On that occasion, the Central Committee also elects HE Sim Ka as Chairman of the Financial Committee of the Central Committee in replacement of HE Chea Soth, who passed away.
8. The Congress assigns the Central Committee with the task to continue leadership in the implementation of the Congress’s resolutions and successfully translating them into concrete actions of the whole Party to respond entirely to the sacred aspiration of our people.

Phnom Penh, 17 March 2013
The Nationwide Representatives’ Extraordinary Congress
of the Cambodian People’s Party


AKP Phnom Penh, March 18, 2013 — As farming season is approaching, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) shows its optimism for gradually better living condition of some 270,000 Cambodian families benefiting from its inteventions since a decade ago.

In contribution to the improvement of Cambodia’s agricultural sector, Japan’s grants of around US$75 million – through JICA – has been focusing on the western and southern parts of the country.

Irregation systems have been rehabilitated and constructed and new rice intesification approach have been introduced to farmers in the two corners of Cambodia, considered to be the most potential agricultrally.

Japan’s assistance to Cambodia is seen to allign very well to the country’s development priorities, wherein agriculture is in the top.


PHNOM PENH, March 18 (Xinhua) — Cambodia will sign to receive 33.9 million U.S. dollars in grant aid from Japan for three projects in small hydropower dams, healthcare and education, according to a news release from Cambodia’s foreign ministry on Monday.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru will ink the agreements on Wednesday, the press release said.

One project costs 13.1 million U.S. dollars for the construction and rehabilitation of small hydropower plants in northeastern Rattanakiri province, another is a 14.33 million U.S. dollar grant aid for improvement of Southwestern Preah Sihanouk Province Referral Hospital, and the other is a 6.47 million U.S. dollar aid for improvement of facility and laboratory equipment in the Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

Japan is one of the largest donors to Cambodia.


Xinhua | 18 March 2013
By Agencies


A Japan-backed demining course for Cambodian peacekeeping forces has come to an end after a two- month theoretical and on-field training, according to a press release from Japanese embassy to Cambodia on Monday.

The course, under the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Education and Training Cooperation Project, is conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Defense and the Japan Self-Defense Forces for 15 trainees from the Royal Cambodia Armed Forces, it said.

“The overall objective of this cooperation is to enhance the capacity for Cambodian troops in the area of United Nations Peacekeeping Operation,” the press release said.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh and Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru will preside over a closing ceremony on Wednesday at the Institute of Peacekeeping Force, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance in Kampong Speu province.


AKP Phnom Penh, March 18, 2013 — Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with the support from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) recently piloted a lower secondary school dropout prevention program – in effort to address most challenging education issue in Cambodia.

The program focuses primarily on creating awareness that hopefully leads to reduction of dropout rates among students in grades 7, 8 and 9.

Kicked off at Banteay Khmer lower secondary school in Kampong Speu, the program will cover 215 schools in the province and other five provinces including Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Prey Veng, Pursat and Svay Rieng.

“Together we can build a better future, and together we can reach for the goal that all children can complete their basic education,” said Ms. Rebecca Black, USAID/Cambodia’s new Mission Director during the kick-off.

Cambodia is among the four countries namely Tajikistan, India and Timor-Leste where the program is piloted.

The result of the pilot will be assessed to come up with a practical approach in addressing lower secondary dropout across the countries.


 KHM 19 Sam Rainsy and Mu Sochua meeting with the Cambodian community in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday 17th March 2013

 March 18, representatives of Cambodian communities from all over Europe will demonstrate in front of the European Parliament and the European Commission buildings to demand free and fair elections in Cambodia. They will distribute the following Appeal. 


As the July 28, 2013 national elections approach, Cambodian democrats worldwide are asking the European Union to convince the Cambodian government to implement the election recommendations issued by the United Nations in July 2012. These recommendations are intended to ensure democratic and “genuine” elections, as stated in the 1991 Paris Agreements on Cambodia signed by five major European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Because the Cambodian government continues to adamantly reject the U.N. recommendations, the European Union (E.U.) should send a clear message to Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, telling him that

1- The EU will not send observers to monitor the July 2013 elections. To do so would be simply to repeat the experience of the last elections in July 2008, following which their recommendations were rejected. Since the vote, which European observers denounced as having “fallen short of key international standards for democratic elections,” the Cambodian government has demonstrated its unwillingness to implement any reform. The current election system remains unacceptably biased in favour of Hun Sen’s ruling party, which uses various tricks, such as manipulation of the electoral roll, to secure a victory even before Voting Day.

2- The E.U. will not recognize the legitimacy of the July 2013 elections which, given the countless and serious irregularities in their preparation, will not meet minimum standards for democratic elections as recommended by the United Nations and will only lead to an unacceptable distortion of the will of the Cambodian people.

 The E.U. and its member countries will not recognize the legitimacy of any government stemming from such illegitimate elections.

The united democratic opposition represented by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) believes that only such an appropriate and timely warning from the European Union, which is Cambodia’s largest donor institution, could convince the Cambodian authorities to accept a compromise leading to more democratic and acceptable elections, a sine qua non for the country’s stability and prosperity.

Ieng Sary’s Death—Another Nail in the ECCC Coffin?

By Kate Bartlett  The Cambodia Daily March 18, 2013

 With former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary now dead, his wife Ieng Thirith freed, and their Pol Pot regime colleague Nuon Chea in and out of the hospital, the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) appeared to lie in tatters on Thursday.

After months of illness, Ieng Sary, 88, died of cardiac failure Thursday morning at the Khmer-So­viet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. In September, Ieng Thirith, his wife and former social ac­tion minister during Pol Pot’s regime, was declared mentally unfit to stand trial and freed.

The remaining two war crimes defendants in the court’s Case 002, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, are 86 and 82, respectively.

Nuon Chea has recently spent weeks in the hospital with bronchitis and other ailments including low blood pressure, while it has long been believed that the case against Khieu Samphan will be the hardest to prove.

Setting aside the health and ad­vanced age of the defendants, the U.N.-backed court has been plagued with allegations of corruption, complaints of political interference by Prime Minster Hun Sen’s government, funding woes for the national component of the court and, most recently, an embarrassing strike by the tribunal’s unpaid national translators and interpreters.

So far, the court—which started in 2007 and has cost $173.3 million to date—has secured a single conviction, that of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, the former commandant of S-21 torture center and prison.

Described by one court observer as a “garden variety” war criminal, Duch’s case was considered the least complex for the tribunal in terms of the amount of evidence left at S-21, and Duch’s own confession regarding his role in the killing of some 14,000 people at the security center.



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