Cambodian People’s Party Honorary President Heng Samrin appealed to aid agencies and governments Tuesday to continue their donations to
the country, in order to strengthen democracy and development.
Heng Samrin spoke at a gathering of CPP officials marking
the birthday of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland,
the group that originally formed in Vietnam to oust the Khmer Rouge.
He was also speaking a day ahead of an annual two-day
Consultative Group meeting, where the government and donor countries and
agencies meet to discuss aid distribution.
“I strongly hope that the international community will
continue to help donate in the spirit of sharing the cause of peace, democracy
and the development of Cambodia,”
Heng Samrin said.
is seeking at least $500 million in foreign aid, as talks begin Wednesday. Last
year, in June, it received $690 million, mainly from the European Union, Japan, China
and the United States.
The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and some UN agencies are also donors.
“The government, Senate and National Assembly ensure
sustainable development, poverty reduction, the promotion of the rule of law,
and equity in social justice,” he said in a speech, “as well as the elimination
of land-grabbing, deforestation, illegal fisheries resources and the prevention
of the national income loss and the strengthening of public order.”
Yim Sovann, an opposition lawmaker for the Sam Rainsy Party,
urged donors “to strongly consider corruption without law and the regression of
democracy in Cambodia”
before pledging money for Cambodia’s