Friday, 04 September 2015

Cambodia

Cremation of Former King Set for Early February

Cambodian royal officers carry the coffin of former king Norodom Sihanouk to put it on a royal truck during its arrival at Phnom Penh international airport October 17, 2012. Tens of thousands poured into Cambodia's capital to witness the procession.
Cambodian royal officers carry the coffin of former king Norodom Sihanouk to put it on a royal truck during its arrival at Phnom Penh international airport October 17, 2012. Tens of thousands poured into Cambodia's capital to witness the procession.
Kong Sothanarith
The remains of former king Norodom Sihanouk will be cremated on Feb. 4, ahead of the Chinese New Year, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Thursday.

Hun Sen spoke at the inauguration of a national road, funded by a loan from China, connecting Kandal province with the Vietnamese border.

There will be no formal or official reception hosted by King Norodom Sihamoni, who is in mourning for his father, Hun Sen said in a speech.

Officials say they expect the ceremony to be attended by millions of people. Hundreds of people continue to gather near the Royal Palace each day, following Sihanouk’s death in Beijing in October.

Some representatives of the government and of civil society will be allowed to pay respects at the Royal Palace, Hun Sen said.

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said Cambodian did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention centre under an agreement. Australia and Cambodia agreed last September that some refugees from Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia in exchange for Australian aid, but only four have arrived since then. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak told Reuters that they "have no plans to receive more refugees from Nauru." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied the deal had collapsed. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer.

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