As the director of the US Information Service, Mr Franklin E.
Huffman succinctly puts forth, in his letter to the June 2-15 edition of the
Post, the qualifications and stature of Ms Nancy Ely-Raphael within the US State
Department and also responds to the previous edition's article concerning her
forthcoming report on the human rights situation in Cambodia. Its unfortunate
though that he doesn't respond to the article's glaring and most embarrassing
point in which, when asked a question by a reporter, Ms Ely-Raphael either
forgot, didn't know, couldn't pronounce, or simply wasn't informed of the first
Prime Minister's name.
As an American expatriate in Phnom Penh my head is
hung in shame to think that a "senior civil servant" and an information agency
headed by Mr Huffman could perform such a diplomatic blunder.
Huffman states lets set the same "rigorous standards" the State Department
adheres to for "objectivity and accuracy in reporting" to future US diplomatic
news conferences in Phnom Penh. After all Mr Huffman, some things are better
(Where is Denise Heywood when you need her? At least she was
well informed on where to get the best tripe in town).
- David Hagenson, Phnom Penh