CAMBODIA is insisting that the Mekong River Commission be headquartered in Phnom
Penh and claims to have Vietnamese and Laotian support for the request.
However, Thailand - the fourth signatory of the pact - has remained
silent, according to Sin Niny, the permanent secretary of the Cambodian National
The headquarters are currently in Bangkok and Sin Niny
said: "I can hardly assume Thailand will agree to our request, but I will
explain to Thiland to agree to this very difficult decision."
thailand wanted to keep the commission headquarters "for political and economic
When the commission was first established, in 1957, the first
signing ceremony was in Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace stood at the intersection
of the river "in the right position" and the historic signing of the full
agreement at the beginning of March should be held there, he said.
Niny said the two Cambodian Prime Ministers had urged their delegation to insist
on the headquarters to be moved during the signing of the draft pact in Hanoi
"Since 1970 no big organization has been set up in
Cambodia. Now we should have one," he said.
A task force has just
finished meeting in Bangkok discussing funding arrangements and rules for the
new commission and finalizing the make-up of the secretariat.