Cambodia To Mark the 20 Years of Peace Later This Year

Cambodia will celebrate the 20th anniversary of peace this year on Dec. 29, according to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the end of war in Cambodia on Dec. 29, 1998, said the Premier while presiding over this morning the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a road portion from Prek Kdam in Kandal province to Thlea Ma'am in Pursat province with a total length of 135.21 kilometres.

Dec. 29, 1998 was the day when Khieu Samphan, former Head of State of Democratic Kampuchea, Nuon Chea, former Deputy General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and all the cabinet's members of this regime surrendered to the Royal Government of Cambodia at the Prime Minister's residence, he added.

We thus must organise a big event to commemorate the anniversary of war ending in Cambodia, especially peace for the whole nation, he underlined. No peace, no development. Therefore, the Cambodian people have to protect peace.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also called on his compatriots to look at the situation in Libya, Syria, and other countries where Cambodia has dispatched its blue helmet troops.

Democracy and human rights exist only in a peaceful country, not in a war-torn country, he noted.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press