CPP Supports RGC’ Stance over South China Sea Issue

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has announced its strong support to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s stance over the South China Sea issue.

According to its statement dated June 22, CPP expressed its full support to the statement made by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on June 20 on the South China Sea issue.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Royal School of Administration, Samdech Techo Hun Sen reacted against some comments saying that Cambodia contributed to the failure in issuing a joint statement of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kunming, Yunnan, China on the South China Sea issue.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on the concerned States to continue using the ASEAN-China mechanism for the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and ASEAN and China to further work together to realise the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC); and encouraged the concerned States to collaborate in settling their dispute.

The Cambodian premier also appealed to those who accused Cambodia of destroying the solution on South China issue to stop doing so, stressing that Cambodia has been contributed a lot to the regional stability.

Samdech Hun Sen said that recently, a foreign ambassador accredited to Cambodia visited him at his residence in Phnom Penh and asked him for the “only voice of ASEAN”, i.e. to support the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (on a case brought by the Philippines against China in the South China Sea dispute). Then that means that he [ambassador] knows in advance the court’s decision, which has not been issued yet, he added.

Cambodia will not take part in making any statement supporting the court’s decision, underlined the prime minister, explaining that it is a conflict between the Philippines and China, therefore the two countries should work together to solve their dispute.

Source: AKP