Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US position



US position

US position

To the Editor,

I am writing to correct the impression left by the story

"Cabinet not told of plan to ditch UNCHR" in your issue of March 24 - April 6

that the United States does not have any official position on the proposed

closing of the UN Center for Human Rights.

In fact, we have indicated to

the Royal Cambodian government that it is our view that the UN Human Rights

Center field office in Phnom Penh is fulfilling many useful functions. We think

it is in Cambodia's interest and in the interest of the international community

that the office remain open.

The Cambodians have not requested that the

office be closed before the end of the year. This leaves time for discussion,

and we intend to utilize fully this opportunity to consult closely with the

Royal Cambodian government and the United Nations in an effort to keep the

office open. We look forward to the proposed visit to Cambodia by the Secretary

General's envoy, who will look into the question of the future of the

office.

- Charles H. Twining, Ambassador, United States

Embassy.

(Editor: We are happy to record the United States' position

on the proposed closing of the UNCHR office. At the stage that the Phnom Penh

Post went to press on March 21, our reporter telephoned an embassy spokesman who

said that (the United States) government did not have any official position on

the issue.)

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Capital set to beef up security

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng held the first meeting of the year with heads of armed forces in the capital to review and repair the deficiencies related to gun control, drug crimes, social order disruptions due to alcohol consumption and traffic law enforcement. Municipal