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Vietnam, Cambodia join hands for bilateral development

Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam – October 7, 2008

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong signed Monday agreements to cooperate in areas of education, agro-forestry and fishery, and culture-sports and tourism.

Under the plans, Vietnam will provide 550 scholarships for Cambodian students to study in Vietnam and build a vocational school in its neighbor’s Mondunkiri Province. 

Cambodia, meanwhile, agrees to expedite the allocation of 100,000 hectares of land for Vietnam to plant rubber trees.

The two neighbors urged for closer collaboration between localities that host UNESCO’s World Heritage sites to boost local tourism industries.

Additionally, the officials also authorized deals to cooperate in fields of health, labor, transport and civil aviation.

The four-day meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee in central Da Nang City, chaired by Khiem and Namhong, will wrap up today.

Reported by Dieu Hien

October 7, 2008 at 6:16 am Leave a comment

GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS

The Phnom Penh Post – October 03, 2008

Key government positions are filled following the July 27 election

Commissions of the National Assembly
President of the NA: Heng Samrin
First deputy president of the NA: Nguon Nhel
Second deputy president of the NA: Say Chhum            
Chairman of the Commission of Human Rights, Complaint Resolution, Investigation & National Assembly-Senate Relations  
Khuon Sundary
        
Chairman of the Commission of Public Works, Transport, Telecommunications, Posts, Industry, Mines, Energy & Commerce Nin Saphon

Chairman of the Commission of Planning, Investment, Agriculture Rural Development, Environment & Water Resources Try Chheang Huot   
Chairman of the Commission of Interior, National Defence, Investigation, Anti-Corruption & Public Functions Un Ning
   
Chairman of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information & Media Cheang Vun

Chairman of the Commission of Legislature & Justice Pen Pannha   

Chairman of the Commission of Economy, Finance, Banking & Audits Cheam Yeap

Chairman of the Commission of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture & Tourism Mom Chimhuy

Chairman of the Commission of Public Health, Social Work, Labour & Women’s Affairs Ho Naun
 
Ministries
Prime Minister
Hun Sen

Deputy Prime Ministers
Sar Kheng, Sok An, Tea Banh, Hor Namhong. Men Sam AN (F), Bin Chhin, Nhiek Bun Chhay, Keat Chhon, Yim Chhay Ly    

Senior Ministers
Im Chhun Lim, Chhay Than, Cham Prasidh, Mok Mareth, Nhim Vanda, Tao Seng Huor, Khun Haing, Ly Thuch, Kol Pheng, Sun Chanthol, Veng Sereyvuth, Nuth Sokhom, Om Yentieng, Ieng Mouly, Va Kimhong, Yim Nol La    
                
Council of Ministers
Minister:
Sok An   
Secretaries of State: Prak Sokhonn, Bun Uy, Seng Lim Neou, Msas Loas, Chan Tany, Ngor Srun, Svay Sitha, Sok Pheng, Keo Saphal, Khim Bo, Chek Leng, Sim Vanna, Tep Nonnry, Chrea Sochenda, Phay Siphan, In Vireakcheat   

Ministry of the Interior   
Minister: Sar Kheng   
Secretaries of State: Em Sam An, Prum Sokha, Nouth Sa An, Sin Pinsen, Sak Setha, Ngy Chanphal, Khann Savoeun, Chou Bun Eng, Pol Lim   
           
Ministry of Defence
Minister: Tea Banh   
Secretaries of State: Chay Saing Yun, Moeung Samphan, Neang Phat, Phan Nguon, Elvan Sarat, Hun Phoeung   
       
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Minister: Hor Namhong   
Secretaries of State: Long Visalo, Ouch Borith, Kao Kim Houm, Ung Sean, Sun Saphoeun, Hak Savuth   
       
Ministry of Economy & Finance
Minister: Keat Chhon   
Secretaries of State: Ouk Rabun, Aun Porn Moniroth, Kong Vibol, Bun Sam, Chea Peng Chheang, Ou Bunlong, Ung Tea Seam, So Victor   
       
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries   
Minister: Chan Sarun   
Secretaries of State: Chan Tong Yves, Por Try, Lim Sokhun, Teng Lao, Ouk Sokhonn, Kieng Vang, Om Kimsear   
   
Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning & Construction
Minister: Im Chhun Lim   
Secretaries of State: Chhan Saphan, Nuth Narang, Prak Ham, Phoeung Sophoan, Roth Sarin, Chhim Kayleang, Kim Kosal

Ministry of Commerce
Minister: Cham Prasidh   
Secretaries of State: Kem Sithan, Pan Sorasak, Ok Bung, Chan Nora, Keo Soknay, Mao Thora, Var Cheang   
           
Ministry of Industry, Mines & Energy   
Minister: Suy Sem    
Secretaries of State: Ith Praing, Khlaut Randy, Nhek Chroeung, Chea Sieng Hong, Sat Samy, Tann Kin Vin, Phork Sovanrith   
         
Ministry of Planning
Minister: Chhay Than   
Secretaries of State: Ou Orhat, Hul Lim, Ouk Chay, Hou Taing Eng, Nger Chhayleang, In Saroeung, So Nath   
       
Ministry of Education, Youth & Sport
Minister: Im Sethy   
Secretaries of State: Pith Chamnan, Bun Sok, Mak Vann, Nath Bunroeun, Chey Chap, Ouk Moun, Phoeurng Sackona (F)
       
Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans & Youth Rehabilitation
Minister: Ith Sam Heng   
Secretaries of State: Nim Thoth, Yi Yaun, Say Siphonn, Som Chan Rem, Mut Khiev, Sem Sokha, Hav Bunse, Tor Soeuth   
       
Ministry of Rural Development       
Minister: Chea Sophara   
Secretaries of State: Suos Kong, In Chantha, Ly Pros, Lon Phon, Sao Chivoan, Try Meng, Sim Sun       
           
Ministry of Environment       
Minister: Mok Mareth   
Secretaries of State: Prach Sun, Khieu Muth, Khong Sam Nuon, Yin Kim Sean, Thuk Kroeun Vutha, Hem Kolboth, Sim Souleng   
               
Ministry of Water Resources & Meteorology       
Minister: Lim Kean Hor   
Secretaries of State: Sam Sarith, Veng Sakhon, Phang Sareth, Sao Sereymony, Tan Vanthara, Bun Hean, Sing Kiri   
   
Ministry of Information
Minister: Khieu Kanharith   
Secretaries of State: Uk Prathna, Mao Ayuth, Thach Phen, Nouv Sovathero, Chan Savuth, Hor Sopheap, Leav Sinara   
           
Ministry of Justice
Minister: Ang Vong Vathana   
Secretaries of State: Hy Sophea, Long Phol, Chan Sotheavy (F), Sam Sophal, Ngor Sovann, Prum Sithra, Meach Sam On
   
Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations & Inspection       
Minister: Som Kimsour   
Secretaries of State: Chheng Saroeun, Hong Them, Kang Nem, Phou Sothea, Tuot Lux, Thach Khom, Duch Sovanary, Sopheak Thavy   
       
Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications
Minister: So Khun   
Secretaries of State: Chin Bun Sean, La Narath, Sarak Khan, Ros Samay, Khay Khun Heng, Ek Vandy, Kuoch Ky   
   
Ministry of Health
Minister: Mam Bunheng   
Secretaries of State: Heng Taykry, Ung Phyrun, Eng Huot, Sok Pheng, Ouk Monna (F), Te Kuyseang, Chou Yinsim       

Ministry of Public Works & Transport
Minister: Tram Iv Tek
Secretaries of State: Ing Bun Hov, Mom Sibon, Soung Heng, Touch Chankosal, Kep Than, Lim Sidenine, Nou Sovath   

Ministry of Culture & Fine Arts
Minister: Him Chhem   
Secretaries of State: Khim Sarith, Chuch Phoeug, Khov Menghean, Ming Kosny, Ok Socheat, Sam Sokun, Thai Noraksathya, Meng Hour   
       
Ministry of Tourism
Minister: Thong Khon   
Secretaries of State: Sam Prumnear, Ros Ren, Sieng Kim Han, So Mara, Chum Iek, Kim Ouchansamith, Ly Bunthoeun, Kor Sumsaroeut   
       
Ministry of Cults & Religions
Minister: Min Khin   
Secretaries of State: Phlok Phorn, Chhorn Iem, Men Han, Dok Narin, Sos Mossin, Norak Ratanakvathanor, Phon Phalla   
               
Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Minister: Ing Kantha Phavi (F)
Secretaries of State: Kheng Samvada (F), Khim Chamroeun (F), Chan Sorey (F), Im Sithe (F), Sy Define (F), San Arun (F), Sivann Botum (F)   

Ministry of Labour & Vocational Training
Minister: Vong Sauth   
Secretaries of State: Pich Sophoan, Othsman Hassan, Kann Man, Prak Chantha (F), Oum Mean, Huy Han Song, Mon Vannak   
               
State Secretariat of Public Affairs
Secretary of State: Pich Bunthin   
           
State Secretariat of Civil Aviation   
Secretary of State: Mao Havanall

Source: the council of ministers/ compiled by will hine

October 6, 2008 at 7:14 am Leave a comment

Solve Thai-Cambodian disputes bilaterally: UN chief

The Nation – October 01, 2008
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

New York

United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon has suggested that the border disputes between Thailand and Cambodia should be settled bilaterally, Foreign Minister Sompong Amornwiwat said yesterday.

The UN chief expressed this view to the foreign ministers of both countries while they and other colleagues from Asean met him on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The ThaiCambodian border conflict was among the issues discussed, along with Burma’s rehabilitation following Cyclone Nargis.

The border dispute was brought to the UN attention’s when Phnom Penh sought to take the Preah Vihear temple issue to the UN Security Council in July. However, it was put on hold, as both sides have many bilateral mechanisms to handle such a conflict.

The UN chief said yesterday that using such bilateral mechanisms was the right way to settle the problem.

Prior to the meeting with Ban, Sompong and Cambodian Secretary of State Ouch Borith briefed an informal Asean ministerial meeting on the progress in settling the dispute. They needed to report to Asean, as Cambodia had put the conflict to the grouping during the ministerial meeting in Singapore in July.

Asean members also told Thailand and Cambodia to solve the problem bilaterally.

The two neighbours have been in conflict since Cambodia succeeded in having the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear listed as a World Heritage site, and angry Thai protesters in July forced the military to deploy troops in a standoff with Cambodia.

The previous government under Samak Sundaravej did, however, negotiate to redeploy troops in the areas to just 10 on each side of the disputed border area, and for 20 others on each side to be stationed further from the border.

“We told the Asean ministers that there is no longer confrontation, since previous negotiations manage to reduce the number of troops,” Sompong said.

The foreign minister said he would visit Cambodia shortly after the parliamentary session for policy announcement, due on October 78.

“I intend to visit Phnom Penh around the same time as I visit Laos, in order to pave the way for the new prime minister’s upcoming visit,” Sompong told reporters.

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat will visit Cambodia on October 13 to discuss the border dispute.

Sompong said his Cambodian colleagues wanted to bring other disputed areas, and particularly Ta Muen Thom temple, into the next discussions. Both sides claim sovereignty in the border area where the Khmer sanctuary is situated, namely Oddar Meanchey province in Cambodia, across the border from Surin province.

Cambodia also wants a third Hindu sanctuary, at Ta Kwai, to be discussed. However, Thailand has not yet added this to the agenda.

October 1, 2008 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Hun Sen elected as Cambodian PM for five more years

AFP – September 25, 2008

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who has been re-elected at a session boycotted by parties disputing the election result

PHNOM PENH (AFP) — Cambodia’s parliament re-elected Hun Sen as prime minister Thursday, extending his 23-year grip on power, at a session boycotted by parties disputing the results of the July general election.

Only 94 of the 123 elected members of parliament showed up, and unanimously raised their hands to approve the nomination of the parliament’s president and the new government.

Hun Sen promised before the session that his government would use its new five-year term to “accelerate development and push for deep and wide reforms” of the southeast Asian nation.

His Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) took 90 seats in the July 27 election, while the main opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) received 26 seats.

The royalist parties — Funcinpec and the Norodom Ranariddh Party — picked up two seats each, and the Human Rights Party (HRP) three seats.

SRP and HRP lawmakers did not attended Thursday’s session and have claimed widespread irregularities in the July poll.

The opposition leaders could not be immediately reached for comment.

The CPP’s overwhelming majority in parliament means this year is the first time since 1993 that the country has not been left in political deadlock after an election.

The previous general election, in July 2003, led to a year of stalemate as parties wrangled over forming a coalition government.

Hun Sen has a reputation for trampling on human rights to secure power, but a booming economy has bolstered his standing in a country still struggling to lift itself from the ranks of the world’s poorest.

September 26, 2008 at 5:58 am Leave a comment

New Thai PM plans visit to Cambodia next month

AFP – September 26, 2008

Thailand’s new prime minister plans to visit neighbouring Cambodia next month, premier Hun Sen said Friday, amid a simmering border dispute between the two countries.

Hun Sen said the visit was planned for October 13, but did not say whether he and premier Somchai Wongsawat would discuss the spat over land near ancient temples along their border that led to a weeks-long military standoff.

“If there is no change, there might be a visit by the new Thai prime minister to Cambodia next month,” Hun Sen announced during the first meeting of his new government’s cabinet.

A Thai foreign ministry spokesman confirmed discussions were being held about a future visit but said no date had yet been fixed.

September 26, 2008 at 5:47 am Leave a comment

Cambodian PM re-elected

AFP – September 25, 2008

Cambodia’s parliament re-elected Hun Sen as prime minister, extending his 23-year grip on power, at a session boycotted by parties disputing the results of the July general election.

Only 94 of the 123 elected members of parliament showed up, and unanimously raised their hands to approve the nomination of the parliament’s president and the new government.

Hun Sen promised before the session his government would use its new five-year term to “accelerate development and push for deep and wide reforms” of the southeast Asian nation.

His Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) took 90 seats in the July 27 election, while the main opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) received 26 seats.

The royalist parties, Funcinpec and the Norodom Ranariddh Party, picked up two seats each, and the Human Rights Party (HRP) three seats.

SRP and HRP lawmakers did not attended today’s session and have claimed widespread irregularities in the July poll.

The opposition leaders could not be immediately reached for comment.

The CPP’s overwhelming majority in parliament means this year is the first time since 1993, the country has not been left in political deadlock after an election.

The previous general election, in July 2003, led to a year of stalemate as parties wrangled over forming a coalition government.

Hun Sen has a reputation for trampling on human rights to secure power, but a booming economy has bolstered his standing in a country still struggling to lift itself from the ranks of the world’s poorest.

September 25, 2008 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

Cambodian PM plans Doha visit

The Gulf Times – September 23, 2008

By Arvind Nair

CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to pay a state visit to Qatar next January as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations, reports said.

Hun Sen is also scheduled to stop by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The visit is part of a new government strategy that aims to make Cambodia a target destination for more Middle Eastern travellers.

The move comes amid efforts by Hun Sen to strengthen ties between Cambodia and the Gulf nations.

Cambodia last month signed a direct-flight agreement with Qatar. Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism Thong Khon was quoted as saying that a similar agreement with Kuwait was expected soon.

In April, Qatari Prime Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani announced a $200mn investment in Cambodia’s agriculture sector, while Kuwait last month pledged $546mn in soft loans to upgrade irrigation systems and roads throughout the country.

Cambodia has more than 300,000 ethnic Muslim Cham residents. Cham communities are currently marketed to Muslim tourists, Cambodia Association of Travel Agents has said.

“Cambodia has a Muslim Centre and other sites of interest, and several restaurants serve halal food,” the sources said.

September 25, 2008 at 6:49 am Leave a comment

Sam Rainsy Party Joins Assembly Swear-In

Newly elected members of parliament swore in on Wednesday, in a ceremony presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni, third from left. (REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea)


By Chun Sakada, VOA Khmer
Original report from Phnom Penh
24 September 2008

Four political parties, including the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, attended a swearing-in ceremony for a new government Wednesday, but the Human Rights Party held fast to promises it would boycott, withholding three elected lawmakers from the process.

The attendance of Sam Rainsy Party lawmakers followed weeks of threats to boycott the ceremony, potentially threatening to deadlock to the government or cost the opposition some positions in the Assembly.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district early Wednesday morning for the opening of the Assembly, with King Norodom Sihamoni presiding.

Reporters were barred from the Assembly session, and Sam Rainsy declined to speak to reporters afterward. His party won 26 of 123 National Assembly seats in July’s election, second behind the 90 seats won by the Cambodian People’s Party.

Sam Rainsy had said before Wednesday’s session the election had been fraudulent and had called for a revote while threatening to withhold his candidates from Wednesday’s ceremony.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said lawmakers joined the government on Wednesday after Prime Minister Hun Sen promised to have the opposition role officially recognized by the government and to provide a budget for opposition operations.

Hun Sen addressed reporters Wednesday morning.

“All political parties joined the meeting around the king except the Human Rights Party of Kem Sokha,” Hun Sen said. “I promised to get the request by Sam Rainsy discussed in the National Assembly ad hoc [committee] to be put in the internal rules.”

Human Rights Party lawmakers Kem Sokha, Yem Ponhearith and Ou Chanrith stayed at their headquarters in Phnom Penh Wednesday morning, watching the Assembly ceremony on TV.

“We are following a request from the voters to boycott,” HRP President Kem Sokha said by phone.

“The fourth legislative National Assembly meeting is a new opportunity in history for the legislative institution,” King Norodom Sihamoni told incoming lawmakers, and it was imperative the Assembly hold Cambodia’s interests above all others.

September 25, 2008 at 3:57 am Leave a comment

Video: Border Dispute News – 23.09.2008

September 23, 2008 at 3:18 am Leave a comment

Cambodia, Thailand set for more border talks

Radio Australia, Australia – Updated September 22, 2008 22:17:38

Cambodia and Thailand will resume talks on the disputed border area on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Political representatives from both countries will meet next Monday at the UN for negotiations on disputed land near ancient temples along their border.

Much of the Cambodian-Thai border remains in dispute, and the slow pace of demining has delayed demarcation of it.

Tensions flared in July after the ancient Khmer temple of Preah Vihear was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO, angering nationalists in Thailand.

The International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple belongs to Cambodia, but surrounding land remains in dispute.

September 23, 2008 at 1:49 am Leave a comment

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