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Mr. Christopher Hill Visits Cambodia


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrived in Phnom Penh late Monday, one day before the new U.S. Embasssy inauguration.

Mr. Hill's visit was viewed by political analysts as monitoring political situation in Cambodia about the recent arrests of human rights activists, independent critics, and the media.

The arrests prompt the international community especially the U.S. government to condemn the Cambodian government and question democracy issue, human rights respect and the freedom of expression.

Mr. Hill was tentatively scheduled to meet Prime Minister Hun Sen Tuesday morning. Political analysts say that the activists arrests, such as the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)'s director Kem Sokha, the media, the Civil societies officials, other activists, and the use of the court system to decide their fates, can be the issues to be discussed during the meeting.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs' State Secretary Prince Sisowath Chivonarith comments vaguely on the program saying they will meet, but he cannot tell about any specific issues to be discussed.

He says he has not seen the program yet.

Mr. Hill will give a press release Tuesday about his visit before leaving in the evening.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeff Daigle confirms Mr. Hill's arrival but does not give details about his schedule.

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