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Cablegate: Cambodia Says Yes to Global Initiative to Combat

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TAGS: PTER KNNP MCAP PINR PINS PARM PREL CB
SUBJECT: CAMBODIA SAYS YES TO GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO COMBAT
NUCLEAR TERRORISM

REF: STATE 21284

1. On March 21, Ambassador and Russian Ambassador Valery
Tereshchenko jointly presented the demarche on the Global
Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (reftel) to Cambodian
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong. The Foreign
Minister reiterated Cambodia's commitment to fighting
terrorism, describing terrorism not as a crime against an
individual or a country but as a crime against humanity and
noting that Cambodia had established a national committee to
fight terrorism. Cambodia will join the Global Initiative,
he indicated, and he will ask the Council of Ministers to
draft a letter formally indicating their desire to join.
Post will notify the Department when we receive this letter.

2. Speaking on other matters, the Foreign Minister
attributed the relative calm in this pre-election period to
the increasing "political maturity" of the Cambodian people.
Hor Namhong reacted positively when both ambassadors noted
that they would be sending staff to monitor the elections.
The Foreign Minister expressed some dismay that the Cambodia
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights focused
so exclusively on issuing reports, when their Memorandum of
Understanding with the Cambodian government said that they
would be engaged in efforts to educate people about human
rights. Respect for human rights cannot be imposed, he
added, and must be based on greater awareness. The Russian
Ambassador offered that he had urged UN human rights envoy
Yash Ghai to pay more attention to the positive developments
in Cambodia.
MUSSOMELI

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