US government officials and foreign affairs minister Hor Namhong held a ground-breaking
ceremony for the new US Embassy on October 9. It will be built next to Wat Phnom
on the site of a former youth club. Construction of the $50 million building is set
to start early next year and finish in 2006. "The new embassy will be a very
safe and secure facility for the Americans and Cambodians who work inside,"
said US Charge d'Affaires Alex Arvizu.