PM Hun Sen Reaffirms Cambodia’s Stance over South China Sea Issue

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has expressed his strong reaction 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.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Royal School of Administration held here this morning, 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