May 18, 2022

Cambodian National Assembly Rejects Accusation of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights

The Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media at the National Assembly has made public a Statement of Rebuttal against the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights over the recent visit of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen to Myanmar.
The full statement AKP received this afternoon reads as follows:
“Refuting the Uncivilised Accusation by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights over the Visit of Samdech Techo Hun Sen to Myanmar on 7th-8th January 2022
The Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media at the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia wishes to vehemently rule out the baseless and blind accusation of the so-called the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) over the visit of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Myanmar, on 7th-8th January 2022.
Without a doubt, only an evil-minded person and his/her clique would under the pretext of human rights dare to turn their blind eyes to the good will and deliberate efforts of Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen to foster an environment for peace, reconciliation and unity as well to protect the life of the people in Myanmar, a country currently in deep crisis and prone to protracted civil wars and intensified human security, a tragedy for humanity in the 21st Century.
Charles Santiago, the current Chair of APHP and Member of Parliament from an opposition party in Malaysia, has often seen to have associated himself with a handful of extremist political activists, war-monger politicians or the outlaws. His provocation of criticisms and sentiments against the legitimate government and the peace mission of Samdech Techo Hun Sen is utterly anti-peace and uncivilised because of his being brainwashed or his intellectual deficiency to even comprehend the common sense. Charles Santiago should reeducate himself and have enough decency to accept the facts as well as the outcomes of the visit as follows:
 The progress and achievements that Prime Minister Hun Send made as outlined in the joint press statement dated 7th January 2022 can be summarised briefly as (i) A ceasefire in force until end of 2022; (ii) Opening the door for humanitarian assistance; (iii) A pledge of full support for coordination and facilitation for the ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar and the inclusion of all parties concerned in the peace process. These results are in line with the Five-Point Consensus adopted in Indonesia on 24th April 2021.
 A foundation for peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar has been planted and it is a positive outcome necessary to be built upon by all parties concerned, while ASEAN has other priorities to be taken care of and should not be kidnapped by the Myanmar crisis.
In addition, Charles Santiago and his clique should accept the fact that the visit of Samdech Techo Hun Sen manifests his personal devotion to peacebuilding for Myanmar as well as for the welfare and human rights of the people of Myanmar, while putting himself and the delegation at risk both during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.
Lastly, the people of Myanmar, ASEAN and beyond should be proud of and thankful to Samdech Techo Hun Sen for the courageous move and dedication to securing peace, stability and unity in Myanmar in his capacity as a good friend, neighbour and brother to the people of Myanmar. By all measures, Samdech Techo Hun Sen has just contributed a great deal to the conflict resolution process. All in all, for a peaceful, harmonious and progressive 10-member ASEAN, peace must prevail first in each ASEAN Member State through a win-win approach.”

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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