Cambodian PM Seeks IOF Members’ Support to Cambodia’s Candidacy for UNSC Non-Permanent Member

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has called on France to lobby the Member States of the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF) to support Cambodia’s candidacy for a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2013-2014 mandate.

The appeal was made by the Cambodian premier during a meeting here yesterday with outgoing Ambassador of France to Cambodia H.E. Christian Connan, according to H.E. Sry Thamrong, Delegate Minister Attached to the Prime Minister.

If Cambodia wins the seat, the country will be more active in the peacekeeping operations under the UN umbrella, explained Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

The elections for five non-permanent seats on the UNSC for the 2013-2014 mandate will take place on Oct. 18, 2012 at the UN headquarters in New York city. Cambodia will compete with the Republic of Korea and Bhutan for the Asia-Pacific group.

For his part, H.E. Christian Connan appreciated Cambodia’s active participation in the UN peacekeeping operations. He further affirmed that France will lobby other IOF member countries to support Cambodia’s candidacy for a UNSC non-permanent member and continue to help train Cambodian officers for the UN peacekeeping operations.

The meeting further touched on bilateral relations and cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and education. The Cambodian leader and the French diplomat also agreed to jointly hold a solemn ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of Cambodia’s national independence from France.

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