Misunderstanding between Cambodia and Singapore Cleared
AKP Phnom Penh, June 10, 2019 –
Telephone conversation between top diplomats of Cambodia and Singapore has cleared out misunderstanding of earlier Facebook post by Singaporean prime minister.
The spirit of the conversation was shared in a press release issued late last week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The statement captured the explanation by Singaporean foreign minister H.E. Vivian Balakrishnan saying that “There was no ill-intention on the part of Singapore in the above-said message [the Facebook post], which was just meant to recall the situation and challenges at that time.”
The meeting followed the post of Prime Minister of Singapore H.E. Lee Hsien Loong related to the presence of the Vietnamese troops in Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979 – the content deemed offensive by Cambodian leadership.
In the conversation with Cambodia’s foreign minister H.E. Prak Sokhonn, H.E. Vivian Balakrishnan – as underlined in the release – acknowledged the joint statement by the United Nations Security Council in 1979 that asserted the rights of self-determination of the people of Cambodia.
It is the desire of Singapore to see a peaceful and prosperous Cambodia and neither had it wished to support the Khmer Rouge regime nor to support their return to power, continued the note.
The two diplomats ended their conversation with renewed commitment to strengthen the spirit of friendship and good neighborliness so as to work together to build a cohesive and united ASEAN, which is the will of both leaders and people of the zone.
By Mc Soleil
Source: Press Release from MoFAIC