Khunkitti will hold an informal meeting with Cambodia tomorrow and on
Saturday to try and reach an agreement on the Preah Vihear management
to settle the dispute ahead of a 10-day World Heritage Committee (WHC)
meeting from Sunday in Paris that will consider the management plan for
the ancient temple proposed by Cambodia.
national world heritage committee to discuss guidelines on the Preah
Vihear issue, Mr Panitan said. Mr Abhisit instructed the panel to think
of the national interest and keep the country from losing its
sovereignty and territory.
Vihear issue. It wants the WHC to postpone consideration of the
management plan for areas surrounding the World Heritage-listed site
until border demarcation work is completed.
Cambodia’s insistence on its right to table the plan for the
4.6-square-kilometre disputed area around the temple.
to withdraw Preah Vihear from the world heritage listing were untrue.
understanding about Thailand’s position on the plan after Thai
representatives had the opportunity to explain the matter.
other and avoid doing anything that could affect relations. He was
referring to reports Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to
arrest Thai officials that encroach on its soil and charge them with
spying, as Thailand has done.
|Party leader Sam Rainsy. Photo by: Heng Chivoan|
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on June 22 to answer allegations that his
pol-itical party did not send its 2006 annual report to the Ministry of
Interior on time, sparking the Sam Rainsy Party to threaten a
The ministry filed a complaint against the SRP in
August, 2007 for the late report. According to the summons, dated June 6
and obtained by The Post yesterday, the SRP failed to file a timely
report on its activities, income and spending, bank-account balance and
Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of
Interior, said yesterday that the SRP submitted the report, required of
all parties, after the deadline. The ministry is demanding that the SRP
pay 3 million riel (US$734).
When asked why the complaint was
being dug up nearly four years after it was filed, Khieu Sopheak
declined to comment, referring questions to the court.
Hing Bun Chea, the deputy prosecutor at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court who signed the summons, could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the SRP has demanded that the ministry rescind the complaint, threatening to sue for defamation.
a statement on Friday, the SRP said it had submitted the report by a
deadline of December 31, 2006, and that both the Ministry of Interior
and the Ministry of Economy and Finance had received it two days later,
on January 2.
“The Ministry of Interior’s intention in filing a
complaint to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court accusing the SRP of not
sending its 2006 annual report to the Ministry of Interior is to disturb
and defame the SRP,” the party said.
“The SRP would like to ask
the Ministry of Interior to withdraw the complaint … otherwise, the SRP
will sue the Interior Minister [Sar Kheng] of defaming the SRP,” the
Khieu Sopheak said the ministry would not
withdraw its complaint, and said the SRP statement only made the
ministry more inclined to file additional complaints against the
“If [Sam Rainsy] dares to sue the Ministry of
Interior, we will file additional complaints,” he said. Khieu Sopheak
suggested that Sam Rainsy recognise his mistake and “implore” the
ministry to withdraw the complaint.
SRP spokesman Yim Sovann said
submitting a report one or two days late was “normal” and that the
complaint was a “laughable” ploy.
He countered that the
government was often late in responding to questions submitted by SRP
parliamentarians, often taking months to reply and sometimes not
responding at all.
“In the Constitution, it states that the
government must answer in seven days, but sometimes in three months the
government has not answered,” he said. “How does the Ministry of
Sam Rainsy, who currently lives abroad in
self-imposed exile, would face as long as 14 years in prison from a
string of convictions if he were to return to the Kingdom.
|Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: AP|
|Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy|
complaints against Prime Minister Hun Sen, similar to allegations he has
already made in a New York court.
many people on several occasions,” Sam Rainsy told VOA Khmer in an
interview last week, without elaborating. “He was involved in these
crimes, including crimes against humanity.”
sent to clear forests along the Thai border in the 1980s, where they met
with malaria and other diseases and land mines.
lived through K5, who witnessed the events, or who fell victims
themselves, to come together now,” he said.
campaign. Sam Rainsy’s complaints follow victory for him in a French
court in a defamation case brought by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, who
had alleged Sam Rainsy had unfairly claimed he had led a Khmer Rouge
file more complaints. This time not against Hor Namhong, but Hun Sen.”
of criminal prison sentences related to demonstrations on the Vietnamese
border in 2009. With elections approaching in 2012 and 2013, Hun Sen
has said there will be no political settlement of those cases.
contact with his supporters. But he added that his party was working to
pressure the current government to secure his return ahead of elections.
leader, the upcoming elections may not be perceived as free or fair.
that documents relating to secret talks held between the premier and its
leader after 2003 are in existence.
The disclosure, made at a
graduation ceremony at the Royal School of Administration in Phnom Penh
yesterday, follows a leak of a recording late last month of a 2007
discussion involving Human Rights Party. On the recording, its president
Ken Sokha can be heard asking Hun Sen for assistance in securing use of
the Olympic Stadium for a party conference.
The SRP, the
Kingdom’s largest opposition party, seized on the recording as evidence
of alleged collusion between the two parties and said that flagging
negotiations on an SRP-HRP merger would be halted as a result.
Yesterday, Hun Sen insinuated that evidence of a three-hour talk conducted after 2003 with Sam Rainsy was also in existence.
Sam Rainsy – don’t forget what you have talked with me [about]
Hun Sen said Sam Rainsy met him at his Takhmao home, in Kandal province, to talk over a potential amendment to the constitution.
amendment to reduce the required parliamentary majority needed to
govern outright from two thirds to 50 percent plus one was passed in
2006 – effectively reducing the CPP’s need for a coalition partner.
Sam Rainsy [there are] plenty [of documents]. If they were leaked,
there would be a bunch,” Hun Sen said yesterday, adding he had held many
“secret conversations” with Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha in the past.
“Sam Rainsy – don’t forget what you have talked with me [about],” he said.
spokesman Yim Sovann yesterday dismissed any talk of “secret deals”
between the SRP and the CPP stating that he was “not interested” in the
Prime Minister’s statement.
He claimed that the premier was
attempting to create an atmosphere of suspicion around the SRP, but
party supporters would see through it.
Ou Virak, president of the
Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, said the comments seemed to be a
political ‘‘game’’ that would “not make [for] strong development of the
Rainsy Party commune official in Kandal province, amid competing claims
from police and the opposition party over whether the killing was
|The son of murdered SRP commune official Ouk Chhanteak places lighted
incense sticks next to his father’s body yesterday in Kandal province. Photo by: Pha Lina
commune councillor in Kien Svay district’s Chhoeu Teal commune, was
bludgeoned to death at around 10pm on Wednesday evening as he returned
home from patrolling the area, SRP officials said. His body was
reportedly dumped roughly one kilometre from the site where he was
attacked, with his motorbike, camera and telephone having been stolen.
Svay district police chief Pa Sam Eth said yesterday that one of three
suspects in the case had been arrested yesterday afternoon, adding that
police believe the incident was a robbery that was unrelated to
“The suspect we arrested already admitted in front of
us that he and another two men really robbed the victim for his
motorbike,” Pa Sam Eth said. “Now we know the identities of the other
two and we are investigating to arrest them.”
The SRP alleged,
however, that the murder was connected to Ouk Chhanteak’s work on behalf
of the opposition. “The murder was related to [a] political case
because Mr Ouk Chhantak was the most popular SRP second commune
councillor in his commune and would become a commune chief in [the]
upcoming commune election [in] 2012,” the SRP cabinet said in a
“The Sam Rainsy Party would like to appeal to the authorities at all levels to take action to arrest the murderers.”
Cheng, an SRP lawmaker representing Kandal, said Ouk Chhanteak had
always “worked to serve the people without taking money”.
days before his murder, he said the SRP was not worried about the
upcoming election because he will be elected commune chief,” Chan Cheng
said. “He is very popular in Chhoeu Teal commune.”
added that Ouk Chhanteak’s killers had not removed a pair of rings from
his fingers, expressing doubt that the case was a simply a violent
theft. But Pa Sam Eth said the missing motorbike was clear evidence of a
robbery, dismissing Chan Cheng’s allegations.
“It is his right
to say that, but based on our assessment, we see that this case is a
robbery,” Pa Sam Eth said. “We are not indifferent and we are going to
find the murderers.”
Men Makara, an investigator based in Kandal
for the local rights group Adhoc, said an investigation is required
before a determination is made on whether or not the killing was
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