FM’s Letter to UN Coordinator Concerning Adoption of Anti-Corruption Law

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Hor Namhong has sent a letter to UN Resident Coordinator and Head of the UN Country Team Mr. Douglas Broderick regarding the adoption process of the anti-corruption law.

The full letter dated Mar. 20 reads as follows:

“Sir,

I wish to refer to the comments made by the United Nations Country Team to the media on 10 March 2010 concerning the process of parliamentary debate and adoption of the Anti-Corruption Law of Cambodia.

In this regard, H.E. Vijay Nambiar, Chief of the Cabinet of the United Nations Secretary General, informed Cambodia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York during their meeting on 19 March 2010 that the United Nations Headquarter in New York had not instructed the United Nations Country Team in Cambodia to make any comment or suggestion to the media on the issue.

Therefore, as stated by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on 12 March 2010, the United Nations Country Team had exceeded the limit of its mandate. The unwarranted comments made by you in connection with the adoption of Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Law is a flagrant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Cambodia.

Any further repetition of such a behavior would compel the Royal Government of Cambodia to resort to a “Persona non grata” decision.

Please accept the assurances of my highest regard.”

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