Monday, January 12, 2009

Hun Sen: Celebrating the 1991 Paris Peace Accords is meaningless

12 Jan 2009

On Saturday 10 January 2008, at a bridge inauguration in Pursat, Hun Sen announced that celebrating the anniversary of the 23 October 1991 Paris Peace Accords on Cambodia
cannot be done as Cambodia has too many holidays already. While several opposition parties have requested the celebration of this event rather than the celebration of 07 January, Hun Sen was quoted by The Cambodia Daily as saying: “People want to celebrate 23 October, but I said that it is meaningless.” Claiming that Cambodia has too many holidays already (currently there are 25 national holydays in Cambodia), Hun Sen claimed that investors will not come to Cambodia if there are too many holidays. Hun Sen also indicated that when the opposition parties lead the government then they can do away with the 07 January celebration. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said that Hun Sen refuses to mark the Paris Peace Accords anniversary because the CPP lost the 1993 national election which resulted from the Paris Peace Accords.


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