Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - King issues "clarification"



King issues "clarification"

King issues "clarification"

C ertain persons have recently sent me letters asking me whether I had really said that I would take power of state if the following three conditions were satisfied: firstly, one party; secondly, no press freedom; thirdly, no respect for human rights and no human rights NGOs.

That is unacceptable slander which taints my honor.

Since my return to Cambodia in 1991, up until now, late September 1994, I have done my utmost for a multiparty liberal democracy, human rights and an extremely free press to flourish in Cambodia.

Persons who still remain sceptical on that issue are kindly requested to read closely, at the Royal Palace, the issues of B.M.D. for 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, in particular the "Documents of State" and "Cambodia and the international press" - with my handwritten comments. If these persons are honest, they will recognize that I am in good faith.

Furthermore, I have these past few months repeatedly made official declarations in which I solemnly stated that I would never violate the current Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia and would come to power in Cambodia.

Given the above, how could I have, or how could I even talk about taking power, imposing conditions, a single party or other unbelievable and unimaginable things?

- Norodom Sihanouk, Sept 27

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there