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In Review

In Review

Nov 3: Reuters reported: "German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel
held talks on bilateral cooperation with Cambodian co-Premiers Prince Norodom

Ranariddh and Hun Sen. He later toured the genocide museum of Toul Sleng...Germany

has pledged more than $50 million in aid since 1992, including rural development,

and Kinkel will be visiting mine clearance and amputee rehabilitation projects later

on Nov 3."

Nov 4: The Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with UNDP held a launching

ceremony for a publication entitled "Cambodia: First State of the Environment


Nov 5: The Khmer Crafts Fair, under the patronage of Norodom Marie Ranariddh,

held its opening ceremony at the Bassac Theatre. The fair featured only crafts from

NGO projects and all benefits went to the artisans.

Nov 8: The Royal Palace issued a four-page summary of excerpts from a brochure

published in the years 1955-1960 by the Direction of Educational Services of the

Ministry of Education entitled: "The Cambodian Monarchy and the Royal Crusade

for Independence", by Norodom Sihanouk. The excerpts highlighted the efforts

by H.M King Sihanouk from 1949 until the granting of full independence from France

in 1953.

Nov 10: The French Embassy announced that two agreements had been

signed between the French and Cambodian governments on Oct 26. The first agreement

provides a $10,080,000 grant to the RGC for projects including the rehabilitation

of Phnom Penh's water system, modernisation of EDC, pilot training, hospital equipment,

equipment to rehabilitate Angkor Wat, television equipment and security equipment

for Pochentong Airport. The second agreement allows for a re-scheduling of Cambodia's

debt to France at terms "extremely advantagous" for Cambodia. An embassy

statement said "The accord, which is extremely gererous, marks an important

stage in the reintegration of Cambodia into the international financial community."

Nov 10: Reuters reported from Aranyaprathet: "Khmer Rouge mortar fire

killed a 10-year-old girl and wounded four people in the Thai-Cambodian border town

of Poipet, officials said. Lieutenant Colonel Haem Zarai of the Cambodian army told

reporters at the border that the guerrillas fired an 85mm mortar shell into a densly

populated part of Poipet on Friday morning."

Nov 10: The French Embassy announced that Jesuit-Service Cambodia was a

recipient of the Human Rights Award of the French Republic for 1995. The award includes

a gift of $24,000 to the recipient, which was singled out for its efforts to include

women in the process of education and development.

Nov 11: The Landmark Blvd Hotel announced a "dining in elegance with

Miss Cambodia" evening to take place on the hotel's 6th floor roof top on Nov

20. $15 to attend.

Nov 12: Reuters reported from Koh Tang: "A U.S. military team has

found the remains of some of the last U.S. servicemen to die in the Vietnam War,

killed on this Cambodian island 20 years ago in a bungled rescue mission which ended


Nov 12: Reuters reported: "Cambodia's armed forces will send two boxers

to take part in an international competition in Taiwan later this month, an official

with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces said. 'This is the very first time in more

than 20 years after internal war that Cambodia has an opportunity to take part in

an international (boxing competition,' said Nauv Pheng, who heads the Boxing Club

of RCAF."

Nov 13: Reuters reported: "A German company is close to starting negotiations

with the Cambodian government about an investment agreement in the rubber industry,

a company official said. Hans Peter Berger, general manager for Nordman, Rassman

GMBH and Co's (NRC) rubber department, said there was 'very good potential' in Cambodia

for developing a sound industry making quality rubber."

Nov 13: Reuters reported: "One of Germany's biggest commercial banks,

Dresdner Bank AG has expressed hope for doing business with Cambodia's banking sector

after a fact-finding 10-day mission to the country. 'This was a fact-finding mission

and we are hopeful that we can develop business when more foreign investors come,'

said Berthold Kolberg, manager of the bank's Frankfurt and Main office, before leaving

the country at the weekend....' The situation obviously, as far as security is concerned,

has been stabilised and obviously there are improvements... but there is still a

lot of basic development to be done within the country. The banks have to develop

their internal standards for international business, but we will closely monitor

it and we have a positive attidude to it because we see Cambodia within the Indochina

development,' he told Reuters."

Nov 13: Reuters reported: "Cambodian military police have arrested

a former army officer and his assistant alleged to have masterminded kidnappings

of wealthy locals and foreigners, a senior officer said. Duong Vuthy, 31, a former

army officer in a tank unit, and one of his assistants, were arrested last Thursday

at a Phnom Penh nightclub, said Lieutenant-Colonel Sun Bunsak, Chief of the Second

Office of the Military Police."

Nov 14: French Secretary of State Xavier Emmanuelli, in charge of urgent

humanitarian action arrived in Phnom Penh for a four-day visit. The purpose of the

visit was to enable the minister to visit with French NGOs operating in Cambodia.

The minister visited a COFRAS demining site in Seam Reap and met with Information

Minister Ieng Mouly in his capacity as head of CMAC.

Nov 14: Reporters Sans Frontieres, a Paris-based organization defending

press freedoms, sent a statement to the government denouncing the recent threats

against the Cambodian press. The organization said it was particularly alarmed by

the October 23 attack against the Serei Pheap Thmei newspaper by Kandal villagers.

The statement said the attack indicated the worsening press situation in Cambodia

over the past two years.

Nov 14: USAID Director Joe Goodwin hosted a farewell reception for U.S.

Ambassador Charles Twining who leaves Cambodia on Nov 20. Twining, who has headed

the U.S. mission/embassy in Phnom Penh since October 1991, will soon take up his

new posting as U.S. ambassador to Cameroun.

Nov 16: The Human Rights Task Force on Cambodia held a party to innaugurate

its new offices, which are located at House 41, St. 242, Sangat Veal Vong, Khan 7


Nov 16: John J. Killeen, president, and Khaou Chuly, director of the Northbridge-KC

Development Com-pany held a cocktail party to introduce the Northbridge Estates Phnom

Penh, a project which will include the development of an international school, residential

properties, recreational, medical and commercial facilities. A ground breaking ceremony

for the project, presided over by H.R.H. Prince Norodom Ranariddh, was held at the

construction site off of Route 4.


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