Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Maha Ghosananda leads prayers on Day of Peace



Maha Ghosananda leads prayers on Day of Peace

Maha Ghosananda leads prayers on Day of Peace

C AMBODIA celebrated International Peace Day, on Sept 19, with a special prayer

meeting for peace, to ban landmines and remember those killed during war.

The ceromony was also to send off a delegation, headed by Information

Minister Ieng Mouly, to the UN Review Conference on the Convention on

Conventional Weapons in Vienna on Sept 25.

Monks, nuns, foreign and local

NGOs, disabled and religious groups - one which came from Taiwan - gathered at

the Independence Monument to pray, led by the Venerable Samdech Preah Maha

Ghosananda.

Speeches were given by Prince Ranariddh, Ghosananda and NGO

representives.

Ghosananda said: "We pray for peace in Cambodia and all

over the world. And we know there can by no peace with landmines."

In a

message read by Prince Ranariddh, King Sihanouk appealed to countries producing

landmines to join the Royal government in enforcing a ban on the use,

production, stockpiling, sale and export of anti-personnel mines, including the

new generation of "self-destruct" or "self-neutralising" electronic

mines.

The director of the Khmer Women's Voice Center, Koy Veth, who

attended the women's conference in Beijing, said among 3,000 topics put forward

at the conference, the ban on mines was one of the most discussed.

"They

were impressed, especially by the video tape we showed about the tragedy and the

suffering of women and children by mines", she said.

The ceromony was

organized by the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese