We are writing in response to the comments made by European
Union (EU) Ambassador Gwyn Morgan in a recent interview with the Post about
NGOs' view and work in Cambodia.
We are glad that he recognizes the
importance of NGOs' contribution to development in Cambodia.
As NGOs, we
are constantly monitoring and evaluating our own work in Cambodia, with
partners, including the Royal Government and beneficiaries.
challenging context such as Cambodia, we know that development is a long process
and one which requires constant assessment and adjustment.
We trust that
the EU, with its significant presence in Cambodia takes a similar view, and will
be willing to join a mutually beneficial dialogue on aspects of the PERC project
and we hope that EU/NGO cooperation will be strengthened as a result.
do not wish to use the pages of the Post to respond to Ambassadors Morgan's
characterization of our efforts or our views, and look forward to meeting with
him to discuss some of the points he raised in your article when he is in
Cambodia next week.
The CCC and NGO Forum are combining forces to begin
an assessment of bilateral and multilateral assistance to Cambodia and the role
of NGOs in relation to players such as the EU.
We hope to have a fruitful
dialogue with the best interests of Cambodia at heart. We would stress that our
primary concern is for the sustainable and well-planned development of this
country, and we welcome the opportunity to develop constructive partnerships
with donors and other agencies which share this goal.
CCC and NGO Forum on Cambodia.