Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Cambodia

Resumption of US Adoptions Still in Discussion Stage, Embassy Says

Before the ban was put in place, between 100 and 200 Cambodian children were adopted by US families every year.

Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh, (file photo). Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh, (file photo).
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Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh, (file photo).
Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh, (file photo).
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - The US government has not agreed to allow adoptions from Cambodia, the US Embassy said in a statement Thursday.

Cambodian officials said on Monday adoptions for international families could resume Jan. 1, but that is under Cambodian law.

The US still maintains a ban on adoptions from Cambodia, where it shut down the practice due to concerns over the sale of children by mothers to adoption brokers.

“The United States continues to have discussions with Cambodian government officials about resuming the inter-country adoption process and has made no decision or commitment about the timing,” the embassy said in a statement.

Cambodian officials met with Susan Jacobs, the US envoy for children’s issues, earlier this week.

Before the ban was put in place, between 100 and 200 Cambodian children were adopted by US families every year.
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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
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29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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