Prime Minister Hun Sen, the president of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and members of the CPP central committee decided during Thursday’s central committee meeting to introduce a raft of major goals to maintain peace, political stability and national security.
At the meeting, led by Hun Sen and attended by around 1,058 central committee members at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, it was decided to require CPP officials at all levels to make efforts to implement the major goals.
“Continue to promote pure patriotic consciousness, strengthen national solidarity, strongly protect independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose foreign interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs, without bowing to external pressure.
“Absolutely maintain peace, political stability and national security, not allowing any force to destroy them.
“Continue to strengthen multi-party bilateral democracy and the rule of law in line with the actual situation in Cambodia.
“Prevent any attempt to push Cambodia to derail from the path of democracy and rule of law.
“Encourage citizens to respect the law and understand their rights and duties in participating in the development of the country,” information obtained by The Post said.
The meeting decided that CPP officials at all levels must promote social safety and security by reducing all kinds of crimes.
“Strengthen Cambodian society to be a dignified society, have no criminals and gangsters and improve services for citizens, especially by providing residence books, family books, identity cards and other necessary services faster and in a transparent manner.
“Strengthen the mobilisation of revenues and allocation and use of budgets in an effective manner and in the right direction, as well as maintaining stability in the finance sector to avoid any accidental crises,” the meeting decided.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan told reporters after the meeting: “We pointed out some strengths and weaknesses that we must join hands to resolve in the future. We are satisfied that we have maintained peace and political stability, as well as growth, in Cambodian society.
“We must make further efforts to meet the challenges that still face us – this is where we are not yet satisfied.”
Eysan said the prime minister told the central committee members that Cambodia would not die without the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement, and requested that all members must join hands to resolve any future challenges.
“Based on the status and growth of our nation, we think that sooner or later EBA will be lost. With EBA, Cambodia will not become instantly rich, and without EBA, Cambodia won’t die.
“So the important thing is to be well prepared. Without EBA, we will still be alive and can move forward,” he said.
When asked about alleged incitement by opposition parties, Eysan admitted that the competition was tough and said the opposition had used all means to incite, tell lies and slander the government.
He said that was why Hun Sen told officials to disseminate truthful information so people at the grassroots level would understand the real situation.
The committee said a review of what the party had implemented would be conducted in six months.
Political analyst Kin Phea, the director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said: “This meeting was not held to resolve any special case. It is to introduce the party’s policies.
“The party always makes annual strategic plans and long-term plans to lead the country. Maintaining peace and stability is important. They are also sending a message that the former CNRP [Cambodia National Rescue Party] group still has ill-intentions and aims to cause social unrest,” he said.
A senior CPP official who asked not to be named told The Post: “Samdech [Hun Sen] told us not to discriminate by only making friends with China and abandoning the US. The prime minister instructed us to strengthen all mechanisms to attract all friends.”
Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath said the CPP meeting could help reduce the tension and resolve the political issues facing Cambodia.
“I hope there may some positives. We have always appealed to the government to do whatever it can to avoid international pressure, and it has a lot of ways to talk and find solutions,” he said.