Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen recalled some remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) during the meeting with visiting H.E. Rodney M. Elliott, Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, the United States of America, this morning at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, according to the premier’s assistant H.E. Eang Sophalleth.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen said 36 years ago, in Phnom Penh, there were only 70 people, and most of them were women and children. During the Khmer Rouge or Pol Pot regime, people in urban areas were evacuated to labor camps in rural areas, all properties were seized, and millions of people died of starvation, execution, force labor and diseases.
Cambodia at that time started with emptied hands, stressed the Cambodian premier, adding that from 1970 to 1998, the country was in insecurity due to civil wars. But thanks to his Win Win policy in 1998, Cambodia has only one government, one king, one constitution, and one RCAF (Royal Cambodian Armed Forces), he said.
Today, Cambodia has been controlled by the rule of law, while the culture of insult and defamation have changed to the culture of peace, negotiations and collaboration to serve the people, he added.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to thank H.E. Rodney M. Elliott for his attention to Cambodian people in Lowell.
For his part, H.E. Rodney M. Elliott briefed Samdech Techo Hun Sen on his city and said that his trip to Cambodia is to strengthen the relations between Lowell and Phnom Penh, and between the U.S. and Cambodia through the cultural exchange, education, and investment.