Cambodia Expresses Sorrow over Notre Dame Fire in Paris
AKP Phnom Penh, April 19, 2019 —
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has sent a message to H.E. Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of the French Republic, expressing his sadness after the devastating fire of Notre Dame in Paris.
“My Government and I, along with the Cambodian people, share the infinite sadness that is yours and that of the French people, following the tragic fire that struck Notre Dame in Paris,” said the Cambodian Premier in his message dated April 18.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen claimed to be “shocked” by the terrible images of the flames devouring the cathedral’s roof. “Notre Dame is Paris, it’s France and what we discovered was heartbreaking. We shared the same emotion with all the friends of France,” he underlined.
“If we are particularly sensitive to this event, it is also because we know that the builders of this cathedral were animated as those who constructed, at the same time, the temple of Angkor Wat. They sent the world a message that goes through the centuries and nothing can erase,” said the Cambodian Prime Minister.
A terrible fire broke out in this historic monument, a World Heritage Site since 1991, on April 15 evening, ravaging its roof.
By C. Nika