Cambodian Foreign Minister Meets UN Senior Officials

image005Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Hor Namhong received here yesterday afternoon visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Haoliang Xu, and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Flavia Pansieri.

The two UN senior officials highly valued the development in all domains in Cambodia, H.E. Koy Kuong, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, told reporters after the meeting.

Mr. Haoliang Xu lauded the success in implementing the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)’s Rectangular Strategy-Phase II, which has improved social affairs services. He further affirmed that UNDP will continue its cooperation with the RGC.

For her part, Ms. Flavia Pansieri appreciated the socio-economic development as well as the democratization process and human rights situation in Cambodia, noting that Cambodian people have freedom to express their opinions and to participate in activities for social development. She also admired the RGC for having ratified many human rights instruments and accepted recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council’s meetings in Geneva.

In reply, H.E. Hor Namhong spoke highly of the good and close cooperation between RGC and UNDP and between RGC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia.

The Cambodian top diplomat expressed his appreciation to the UN Development Assistance Framework 2011-2015 which focuses on prioritized sectors in line with the RGC’s Rectangular Strategy-Phase III, and thanked the OHCHR for its assistance, particular to improving prison situation in Cambodia.

In addition, H.E. Hor Namhong highlighted the RGC’s true will to promote human rights situation and democracy in the country. Many countries do not accept the presence of OHCHR, but Cambodia does, he added.

Concerning the current political issue, H.E. Hor Namhong laid stress on the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)’s commitment to continue the negotiations with the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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