Search

Search form

Kingdom supports SCS respect

Kingdom supports SCS respect

Dear Editor,

I have read with disappointment the article under the title Foreign Ministry blames Manila published in the Phnom Penh Post on July 28, in which the reporter has invented the above-mentioned claim that is inconsistent with my briefing at the airport upon the arrival of the Cambodian delegation from the 49th AMM and related meetings on July 27.

For the sake of the veracity, I wish to affirm that in my response to a question from a reporter about the accusation that “Cambodia has blocked the reference to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s July 12 award in the Joint Communique of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting”, I have made it clear that:

1. It is true that the South China Sea issue has been raised a lot in the meetings and other discussions on regional and international issues.

2. However, every country does not have the same perspectives. Countries directly concerned like China and the Philippines have the differences since the Philippines filed its case against China in the PCA and China refused to participate in the process since the beginning.

3. For Cambodia’s part, we had a clear position since the beginning: Cambodia upholds policy of neutrality; Cambodia is not the claimant state in the South China Sea; In this regard, Cambodia takes no side in the dispute; and this is the dispute between the Philippines and China. We should not take ASEAN as a whole and the non-claimant states in particular, to get involved in this conflict.

4. Regional tension has already heated up, we should avoid further escalation of the tension.

5. However, Cambodia’s solidarity with ASEAN is still firm in supporting ASEAN’s main principles, particularly, the full respect of legal and diplomatic process and international law. The second paragraph of the Joint Communique of the 49th AMM clearly emphasised this matter.

6. For the wording relating to the arbitration, secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines agreed to remove it from the Joint Communique because he recognised that the dispute is between the Philippines and China and would not request ASEAN to support him in this matter.

Therefore, I wish to categorically reject the misinterpretation by your newspaper of my explanation as “the Foreign Ministry blames Manila” that can lead to the misunderstanding of Cambodia’s good will and efforts in maintaining the relations of friendship and cooperation between Cambodia and the Philippines.

Chum Sounry
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Send letters to: [email protected]. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length. The views expressed above are solely the author’s and do not reflect any positions taken by the Phnom Penh Post.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all