January 25, 2022

Foreign Minister Reconfirms Cambodia’s Stance over South China Sea Issue

Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn held here this morning a press conference to reconfirm Cambodia's stance not to take sides in the South China Sea dispute.

Cambodia has announced her position even before the release of the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Cambodian top diplomat said.

Cambodia does not join and is not responsible for any activities leading to worsen the situation, underlined H.E. Prak Sokhonn.

In the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings held in Vientiane, Lao PDR from July 23 to 26, Cambodia also expressed her concern over the latest developments in the South China Sea.

On the occasion, H.E. Senior Minister underlined that Cambodia, as a non-claimant state, takes no side and considers this as a bilateral matter between the Philippines and China. Cambodia is of the views that we need to maintain the enormous achievement of the cooperative strategic partnership between ASEAN and China and encouraged the parties directly involved to settle the dispute by peaceful means through consultation and negotiation in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982), he added.

In addition, in June, the Royal Government of Cambodia 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.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press