Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Real peace and justice

Real peace and justice

Real peace and justice

Dear Editor,

"You must know that the peace factor came from Ieng Sary, but the war factor

can also come from Ieng Sary." This was a quote by PM Hun Sen in the recent

Associated Press article.

The Cambodian PM has been predicting or hinted of war should the call to prosecute

Mr. Ieng Sary become a reality. War cry in Cambodia is always easier, but the call

for "real peace and justice" is much more elusive. Needless to say, Cambodia

has had many wars already, some were large scale and others were small, but all of

them were wars. IF PM Hun Sen and Mr. Ieng Sary are truly peace lovers and reconcilers,

as they had proclaimed, war should be a remote possibility and the least of Khmer

people's concern.

The Khmer people and the rest of the free world are wondering if the Cambodian

PM and Mr. Ieng Sary have already planned something ahead of the proposed tribunal?

Perhaps there is already an agreement between the two leaders? Perhaps an understanding

of some sort? Or perhaps it was just a threat? Whatever the motive might be, only

PM Hun Sen and Mr. Ieng Sary can answer these questions.

As a Khmer who has suffered greatly under many years of war and under the Khmer

Rouge regime (a regime which Mr. Ieng Sary and PM Hun Sen were a part of), I urge

the two leaders to give "real peace and justice" a chance. Only then shall

true peace and reconciliation among the Khmer people follow. I do not just say this

on my behalf alone. Rather, I speak for millions of lives that have been cut short

by war and by the Khmer Rouge. Among the dead are nine of my immediate family members.

I wish for no vengeance (it is much easier to get a revenge, I believe). I simply

wish for the truth, for some justice, as the KR can never pay for their heinous crimes.

In this sense, the KR leaders, former or otherwise, have absolutely nothing to hide

from a tribunal, except hiding from the truth. Anything less would be a great travesty

of justice for the Khmer people. It would amount to a "moral war" against

the Khmer people and against humanity as a whole. Please give justice a chance, If

these so called "Khmer leaders" really believe in peace and reconciliation.

End the sense of impunity now or without a doubt history will be repeated.

- Ronnie Yimsut, [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman