The comment piece entitled "What would you do with $500,000 a year", (Phnom
Penh Post December 21), has retained our attention.
My immediate observation is that the author would have had a more comprehensive understanding
of the issue if he had based his comment on accurate facts. It does not reflect any
reasonable assessment of the teaching and training activities supported by UNESCO
and financed by the Government of Japan at the Royal University of Fine Arts.
For your information, yearly evaluations of this project are conducted independently
and recommendations for its improvement are regularly made available to all parties
concerned and integrated every year in the successive phases of its implementation.
As to the impact of the project, a simple trip to Angkor will allow any observer
to see that dozens of young Cambodian architects and archaeologists trained year
after year through the project are gradually endorsing more and more responsibilities
in the preservation of monuments and sites, which is the objective of our involvement.
- Etienne Clement, Representative of UNESCO in Cambodia