C AMBODIA celebrated International Peace Day, on Sept 19, with a special prayer
meeting for peace, to ban landmines and remember those killed during war.
The ceromony was also to send off a delegation, headed by Information
Minister Ieng Mouly, to the UN Review Conference on the Convention on
Conventional Weapons in Vienna on Sept 25.
Monks, nuns, foreign and local
NGOs, disabled and religious groups - one which came from Taiwan - gathered at
the Independence Monument to pray, led by the Venerable Samdech Preah Maha
Speeches were given by Prince Ranariddh, Ghosananda and NGO
Ghosananda said: "We pray for peace in Cambodia and all
over the world. And we know there can by no peace with landmines."
message read by Prince Ranariddh, King Sihanouk appealed to countries producing
landmines to join the Royal government in enforcing a ban on the use,
production, stockpiling, sale and export of anti-personnel mines, including the
new generation of "self-destruct" or "self-neutralising" electronic
The director of the Khmer Women's Voice Center, Koy Veth, who
attended the women's conference in Beijing, said among 3,000 topics put forward
at the conference, the ban on mines was one of the most discussed.
were impressed, especially by the video tape we showed about the tragedy and the
suffering of women and children by mines", she said.
The ceromony was
organized by the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines.