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The Gecko: 16 July 2004


University of Cambodia made Prime Minister Hun Sen an honorary Doctor of Political

Science on July 9. The citation on the degree, read at the ceremony by Dr Michael

Haas, Professor (Ret), University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Chairman of the International

Academic Advisory Council of the University of Cambodia, is as follows:

"As public servant, patriot, and leader you have brought distinction to yourself,

your family and to the people of Cambodia.

"Your leadership in the face of adversity and steadfast commitment to the peace

and prosperity of Cambodia are evident in your early struggles to liberate the nation

and usher in a new era of freedom and independence.

"Your extraordinary contributions to rebuilding a nation at peace have been

unparalleled, as you have paved the way to national reconciliation, security and

the economic development.

"Truly tireless in your efforts to improve the education, health and livelihood

of all Cambodian people, you have provided a lesson for us all in dedication and


"Your leadership, courage, and vision are treasured by the University of Cambodia

and by all who honor excellence around the world."

** University of Cambodia's Kao Kim Hourn has been appointed one of the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs' new Secretaries of State.

** Some suggested headlines not used for this issue's lead story:

"CPP splits the difference: Hun Sen takes all"

"CPP split: before smoke, now fire"

"CPP blows its stack"

"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to"

"Hunster to Simster: Do not pass go-go straight to Bangkok"

** The best quip offered up late Tuesday when an entire city's population was scratching

its head over the day's events comes from Hurley Scroggins: "Cambodia is difficult

to predict, particularly in advance."

** A few of the Funcinpec Ministers who are now OUT: Mu Sochua, HRH Norodom Boppha


** On Wednesday night the idea that so-called Chea Sim MPs might boycott the convening

of the National Assembly was put to one senior government official. He responded:

"Are you kidding? They would become marked men. They will go along and keep

their heads down for now."



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