Cambodia and France have agreed to set up a Cambodia-France Joint Committee in September or October to strengthen the two countries’ relations and cooperation, said Delegate Minister to Cambodian premier Prak Sokhon.
He told this to reporters yesterday after Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen returned home on July 19 from his five-day official visit to France.
For French side, the committee includes governmental and private sectors, Agence française pour le développement (French Agency for Development), associations or businesspersons, he said.
This is the highest level visit the Cambodian premier has ever had to France, the delegate minister said, adding that the Cambodian prime minister hold a series of meetings and talks with foreign minister, prime minister and president of France, as well as secured an honorary invitation from French president Nicolas Sarkozy to attend a military parade commemorating France’s National Day (Bastille Day).
During meetings and talks with French leaders, he said, the Cambodian premier told them of some issues dealing with the economic situation in Cambodia and a process of Khmer Rouge leaders’ prosecutions in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and also said that Cambodia had decided to grant French oil company Total to exploit oil exploration in Block III, one of its potential oil and gas resources in the Cambodian sea with which France welcomed it and expressed its satisfaction.
Regarding the border issues with Thailand, the Cambodian premier said the royal government adhered to a position to prevent the border dispute from leading to the spreading of the dispute in other areas along the border and the bilateral cooperation in other fields of the two nations.
In connection with Khmer Rouge court, the Cambodian premier said the tribunal is going well, and should take care not to threaten the peace in Cambodia.
In addition to consideration on additional financial assistance for the national development in Cambodia, France has also pledged to grant more graduate scholarships to Cambodian students.
After the five-day official and successful visit to France, the Cambodian premier also paid a private visit to Bristol, Britain, where he attended his son’s graduation ceremony.