A WORKSHOP to develop the skills of the country's diplomats was held at the
Foreign Ministry organized by the Khmer Institute for Democracy (KID).
Executive Director of KID Julio Jeldres said: "The main purpose of the
seminar was to help update Cambodian diplomats with current diplomatic practice
and to increase the competence of the Cambodian Diplomatic Service so that they
can defend the interests of Cambodia in the world."
The workshop which
ran from July 6-8 featured discussions led by the American, Australian and
German Ambassadors and was funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
participants in the seminar all worked in the Foreign Ministry and included the
designated Ambassadors to Moscow and India.
Prince Sirivudh gave a
welcoming speech where he emphasized the importance of the diplomatic service's
role in defending Cambodia's interests abroad and aiding the country's
Jeldres said at the end of the seminar when he asked for
feed-back some participants asked for another workshop.
He said: "Some
participants wanted to learn more about foreign service practice in the Asian
region. They also asked for a workshop on consular affairs."
participant said: "We should have training on how to write treaties,
declarations, agreements, memorandums, and diplomatic documents.
we have already worked on this, we will not need much time.
want to have a seminar on regional conflict and the policy of our
Another participant said: "We should invite retired Ambassadors
[to the next workshop] so that they can tell us the mistakes of their foreign
Jeldres told the participants there would be another workshop
in one or two months. "If we have the funds we will be able to accomplish what
"This seminar took me six months to organize so I cannot
promise to satisfy all of your requests."