ASHINGTON - Praising Cambodia's steps toward democracy, Senator John McCain
introduced legislation this month designed to give the country new US trade
The Republican from Arizona said Cambodia should be awarded
Most Favored Nation (MFN) trading status in recognition of its "significant
progress toward democracy and peace."
Most countries are awarded
so-called MFN, which lets them sell goods in the United States at low tariff
levels, and McCain said Cambodia was only excluded due to an anomaly in U.S.
For Cambodian to win MFN status under McCain's proposal, it
must allow free emigration, reach a bilateral deal with the United States and
have its new status approved by Congress.
McCain said trade, not
continued isolation, will bolster Cambodia's human-rights gains and steps toward
He said: "It is economic development, not the eternal good
will and generosity of the international community, that will ultimately justify
Cambodia's faith in democracy and free markets.
"It is my hope that with
proper improvements in its infrastructure, giving Cambodia MFN status will help
attract the capital investment it needs."-Reuters
FARMERS in Banteay Meanchey province have already ploughed 1,000 ha of rice
fields, according to incomplete statistics.
In this rainy rice cropping,
the province plans to put 150,000 ha under rice, an official said. - AKP