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Saturday, July 30, 2005

The loss of Cambodia's territorial integrity

Cambodia, a land once beautiful, proud, independent, sovereign, neutral and prosperous, is now facing several mortal dangers. One of these dangers is Her continued loss of territorial integrity to Her neighbours. Vietnamese encroachments upon the Khmer territory continue unabated with the Royal Government of Cambodia turning a blind eye completely to these serious problems.

The leaders of the present Royal Government of Cambodia, for their own selfish and personal ambitions and interests, have never acted, do not act and will never act to prevent these illegal and outrageous encroachments, much less attempt to restore Cambodia's territorial integrity to that of the golden era of Sangkum Reastr Niyum.

Unfortunately, but expectedly the Supreme National Council on Border Affairs presided by His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk was killed before it was even born by a new royal decree of June 14, 2005 which granted full authority to Mr. Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia to resolve the border problems.

The sole person who can tackle successfully these very complex and difficult border demarcation problems with Cambodia's ambitious neighbours is none other than His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk. Norodom Sihanouk known as Samdech Euv is Cambodia's last and only hope to get back what She has lost to Her neighbours. Hun Sen has always been part of the problems of Cambodia's territorial integrity loss to Her neighbours. For his own personal power and glory and his readiness to be subservient to Vietnam he is always a bad choice when it comes to dealing with Cambodia's border problems.

Listening to Hun Sen's statements in the past several months, one cannot miss noticing several inconsistencies and threats he has used against border activists. What Hun Sen and his group forget is that he is only one single Cambodian and his group consists of a few number of Cambodians only and Cambodia belongs to all Cambodians no matter where they happen to be. He may not have any serious concern about the loss of territorial integrity as long as he can remain to be the Prime Minister and they are his ministers, but the rest of the Cambodians do! This responsibility of defending and restoring Cambodia's territorial integrity is so heavy that Hun Sen and his small group, even though they want to, can definitely not bear the responsibility. Just look at Pol Pot, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan and the Khmer Rouges. They have continuously denied their responsibilities, even if they want to assume them and I don't think they will, who has so far suffered tremendously?

Using threats against those who want to defend their lands is not helping to defend the lands. With this logic in mind one can ask how Cambodians should entrust to Hun Sen and his group the responsibility to resolve Cambodia's border problems with Her neighbours, especially Vietnam. Perhaps Hun Sen should concentrate his efforts more on fighting endemic corruptions within his own government and cronies and work very hard on his failed plans to reduce poverty in Cambodia, a country that has received massive foreign aids, sold its state properties and destroyed rapidly its national resources, i.e. deforestation and leave this task of restoring Cambodia's territorial integrity to His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk who alone can and will solve this territorial integrity issues.

For Hun Sen and his government it is not too late to pull themselves out of this deep trap and disgrace by granting full authority to His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk and standing steadfastly behind Him (the King-Father) so that He (the King-Father) can successfully carry out His difficult and complex Mission to restore Cambodia's territorial integrity. This way he and his government will be remembered in history as equal patriotic partners in His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk's crusade to restore Cambodia's territorial integrity.

For Cambodia to survive this forever loss of territorial integrity and to get back the territorial integrity of the golden time of Sangkum Reastr Niyum, every single Cambodian must stand firmly and unanimously behind His Majesty, the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk and demands to the Royal Government of Cambodia that His Majesty, the King-Father be the only person to lead and carry out this vital mission with full authority.

By Anet Khmer

Email: anet....@yahoo.com

Fri, 29 Jul 2005

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