Cambodia, UNFPA Satisfied with Bilateral Cooperation

Cambodia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of their cooperation, said H.E. Chum Sounry, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC).

During their meeting here on Feb. 9, Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of MFA-IC H.E. Prak Sokhonn and newly appointed UNFPA Country Representative in Cambodia Ms. Lene Kroll Christiansen lauded the cooperation between the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and UNFPA, especially in reducing the mortality rate during childbirth, since the establishment of UNFPA’s office in Cambodia in 1993, the spokesperson told reporters after the meeting.

Ms. Lene Kroll Christiansen informed H.E. Prak Sokhonn of the UNFPA’s US$24 million project in Cambodia focusing on sexual and reproductive health, women empowerment, and people’s potential for the period from 2016 to 2018, he added.

For his part, H.E. Prak Sokhonn highly valued work experience of Ms. Lene Kroll Christiansen and affirmed the MFA-IC’s readiness to facilitate her mission in Cambodia.

The Cambodian top diplomat also laid stress on the RGC’s high attention to boost women empowerment as well as to combat violence against women.

Moreover, H.E. Prak Sokhonn underlined the efforts of Cambodian relevant institutions in preparing the draft law on surrogacy in order to protect Cambodian children from becoming victims.

Recently, the Ministry of Interior has advised commune/Sangkat councils nationwide to crosscheck before issuing birth certificates to babies born to Cambodian mothers, but foreign fathers. The move is to combat surrogacy in the country.

Even though Cambodia has not had the surrogacy law yet, there are many relating laws in force including criminal code, civil code, child adoption law, Ministry of Health’s Prakas and other regulations which can be used to charge surrogate mothers and accomplices, said H.E. Ms. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State for Interior at an inter-ministerial meeting.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press