A senior US diplomat says Cambodia must find a national solution to its ongoing political deadlock. Following a two-day visit to Phnom Penh, Scot Marciel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US State Department, told reporters he was not in the country “to try to impose any solutions” to the impasse. “But we certainly support any effort to strengthen Cambodia’s democratic process,” he said. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian protesters clashed with security personnels on Wednesday during a protest over a long running luxury housing estate dispute which is to be built by a Chinese developer and a well connected Cambodian tycoon. (Reuters)
The International Women’s Media Foundation has honored Phorn Bopha, a reporter for the English-language The Cambodia Daily, with the 2013 Courage in Journalism Award. Bopha has reported extensively on corruption, deforestation, and child trafficking, upsetting government officials and business people in Cambodia. Bopha says she will not stop facing challenges because journalism is part of her life and she uses it to make significant contribution to her community. VOA’s Men Kimseng spoke to Phorn Bopha after she received the Courage Award in a ceremony in New York.