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  • ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe Partnership in a Transforming World

    Opening Speech by H.E. PRAK Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, at the High-Level Policy Dialogue on “ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe Partnership in a Transforming World” via videoconference on 22 June 2021.

  • REC's Bulletins (May 2021)

    Embassy's publication (16-31 May 2021) Embassy's publication (01-15 May 2021)

  • REC's Bulletins (April 2021)

    Embassy's publication (16-30 April 2021) Embassy's publication (01-15 April 2021)

  • Chairman’s Statement on the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting, 24 April 2021 and Five-Point Consensus

    Source: The ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting was convened on 24 April 2021 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia, and chaired by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. The Meeting was convened with the view to advance ASEAN Community building, hasten recovery from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, strengthen ASEAN’s external relations and address pressing issues of common interest to all ASEAN Member States. Download the full statement here.

  • Open-Ended Troika Dialogue between ASEAN FMs and the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom

    On 08 April 2021, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister PRAK Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, participated in the 2nd ASEAN-UK Open-ended Troika Dialogue via videoconference. The Troika consists of Brunei Darussalam as the current Chair of ASEAN, Cambodia as the incoming Chair and the ASEAN Secretary General. Other ASEAN Foreign Ministers and their representatives also attended the videoconference. The Meeting discussed the enhancement of ASEAN-UK relations and cooperation in a broad range of areas of common interests and mutual benefits. The Meeting exchanged views on cooperation in public health emergencies cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and climate change as well as other regional and international issues of common concern and interest. The Meeting reaffirmed the importance of multilateralism for effective and collective response to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 and committed to work in concert towards the post-pandemic sustainable economic recovery. The Rt. Honourable Dominic Raab, UK Foreign Secretary, briefed the Meeting on the UK’s initiatives to combat the pandemic and her contribution to the global efforts to control the pandemic and curb its severe impacts. He also stressed on the need to ensure that the path to socio-economic recovery does not compromise on the health of the planet. He took the opportunity to brief on UK’s priority as host of the COP26. ASEAN encouraged the UK to further strengthen cooperation with ASEAN and its Member States and expressed appreciation the UK’s contribution of £1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. ASEAN also sought for more supports from the UK for other ASEAN initiatives to address the pandemic, including the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) once they have been established. The Meeting noted the UK’s application to establish Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN. During the Virtual Meeting, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister expressed appreciation to the UK for her generous contribution to COVAX Facility, from which Cambodia is one of the first nations in the region to receive 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. On trade, he encouraged ASEAN and the UK to explore the possibility of having an ASEAN-UK FTA as well as to expand digital cooperation to support the growth of MSMEs. With respect to climate change issue, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister expressed confidence that the COP26, under the UK’s Presidency, would provide excellent opportunity for ASEAN Members States to further engage with the UK to achieve the long-term and low-emission development strategies. ------------------------------------------------ PDF file of the meeting's outcomes in Khmer language:

  • REC's Bulletins (March 2021)

    Embassy's publication (16-31 March 2021) Embassy's publication (01-15 March 2021)

  • REC's Bulletins (February 2021)

    Embassy's publication (16-28 February 2021) Embassy's publication (01-15 February 2021)

  • Statement by the Ministry's Spokesperson on the Situation in Myanmar

    As a friend and a member of the ASEAN Community, Cambodia, like all other ASEAN member states and community at large, is closely following the situation in Myanmar and is saddened by the ongoing escalation of violence that has caused loss of lives, according to a statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia issued on 9 March 2021. -------------- The Statement in Khmer version is attached herewith: Source: MFA.IC (

  • Temple of Preah Vihear

    Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Nevertheless, its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. The site is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation. Outstanding Universal Value The Temple of Preah Vihear, a unique architectural complex of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases on an 800 metre long axis, is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, in terms of plan, decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment. Criterion (i): Preah Vihear is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture. It is very ‘pure’ both in plan and in the detail of its decoration. Authenticity, in terms of the way the buildings and their materials express well the values of the property, has been established. The attributes of the property comprise the temple complex; the integrity of the property has to a degree been compromised by the absence of part of the promontory from the perimeter of the property. The protective measures for the Temple, in terms of legal protection are adequate; the progress made in defining the parameters of the Management Plan needs to be consolidated into an approved, full Management Plan. Source:

  • Angkor Archaeological Park

    Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. Brief synthesis Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance. The architecture and layout of the successive capitals bear witness to a high level of social order and ranking within the Khmer Empire. Angkor is therefore a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archaeological and artistic significance. The park is inhabited, and many villages, some of whom the ancestors are dating back to the Angkor period are scattered throughout the park. The population practices agriculture and more specifically rice cultivation. Criterion (i): The Angkor complex represents the entire range of Khmer art from the 9th to the 14th centuries, and includes a number of indisputable artistic masterpieces (e.g. Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Banteay Srei). Criterion (ii): The influence of Khmer art as developed at Angkor was a profound one over much of South-east Asia and played a fundamental role in its distinctive evolution. Criterion (iii): The Khmer Empire of the 9th-14th centuries encompassed much of South-east Asia and played a formative role in the political and cultural development of the region. All that remains of that civilization is its rich heritage of cult structures in brick and stone. Criterion (iv): Khmer architecture evolved largely from that of the Indian sub-continent, from which it soon became clearly distinct as it developed its own special characteristics, some independently evolved and others acquired from neighboring cultural traditions. The result was a new artistic horizon in oriental art and architecture. Integrity The Angkor complex encompasses all major architectural buildings and hydrological engineering systems from the Khmer period and most of these “barays” and canals still exist today. All the individual aspects illustrate the intactness of the site very much reflecting the splendor of the cities that once were. The site integrity however, is put under dual pressures: endogenous: exerted by more than 100,000 inhabitants distributed over 112 historic settlements scattered over the site, who constantly try to expand their dwelling areas; exogenous: related to the proximity of the town of Siem Reap, the seat of the province and a tourism hub. Authenticity Previous conservation and restoration works at Angkor between 1907 and 1992, especially by the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), the Archaeological Survey of India, the Polish conservation body PKZ, and the World Monuments Fund have had no significant impact on the overall authenticity of the monuments that make up the Angkor complex and do not obtrude upon the overall impression gained from individual monuments. Protection and management requirements The property is legally protected by the Royal Decree on the Zoning of the Region of Siem Reap/Angkor adopted on 28 May 1994 and the Law on the protection of the natural and cultural heritage promulgated on 25 January 1996, the Royal Decree on the creation of the APSARA National Authority (Authority for the protection of the site and the management of the Angkor Region) adopted on 19 February 1995, the No. 70 SSR government Decision, dated 16 September 2004 providing for land‐use in the Angkor Park: “All lands located in zone 1 and 2 of the Angkor site are State properties”, and the sub-decree No. 50 ANK/BK on the organisation and functioning of the APSARA National Authority adopted on 9 May 2008, specifically provided for the establishment of a Department of Land‐use and Habitat Management in the Angkor Park. In order to strengthen and to clarify the ownership and building codes in the protected zones 1 and 2, boundary posts have been put in 2004 and 2009 and the action was completed in 2012. As off 1993, the ICC-Angkor (International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the historic site of Angkor) created on 13 October 1993, ensures the coordination of the successive scientific, restoration and conservation related projects, executed by the Royal Cambodian Government and its international partners. It ensures the consistency of the various projects, and defines, when necessary, technical and financial standards and calls the attention of all the concerned parties when required. It also contributes to the overall management of the property and its sustainable development. The successful conservation of the property by the APSARA National Authority, monitored by the ICC-Angkor, was crowned by the removal of the property from the World Heritage List in danger in 2004. Angkor is one of the largest archaeological sites in operation in the world. Tourism represents an enormous economic potential but it can also generate irreparable destructions of the tangible as well as intangible cultural heritage. Many research projects have been undertaken, since the international safeguarding program was first launched in 1993.The scientific objectives of the research (e.g. anthropological studies on socio-economic conditions) result in a better knowledge and understanding of the history of the site, and its inhabitants that constitute a rich exceptional legacy of the intangible heritage. The purpose is to associate the “intangible culture” to the enhancement of the monuments in order to sensitize the local population to the importance and necessity of its protection and preservation and assist in the development of the site as Angkor is a living heritage site where Khmer people in general, but especially the local population, are known to be particularly conservative with respect to ancestral traditions and where they adhere to a great number of archaic cultural practices that have disappeared elsewhere. The inhabitants venerate the temple deities and organize ceremonies and rituals in their honor, involving prayers, traditional music and dance. Moreover, the Angkor Archaeological Park is very rich in medicinal plants, used by the local population for treatment of diseases. The plants are prepared and then brought to different temple sites for blessing by the gods. The Preah Khan temple is considered to have been a university of medicine and the NeakPoan an ancient hospital. These aspects of intangible heritage are further enriched by the traditional textile and basket weaving practices and palm sugar production, which all result in products that are being sold on local markets and to the tourists, thus contributing to the sustainable development and livelihood of the population living in and around the World Heritage site. A Public Investigation Unit was created as « measure instrument » for identifying the needs, expectations and behaviors of visitors in order to set policies, monitor its evolution, prepare a flux management policy and promote the unknown sites. The management of the Angkor Site, which is inhabited, also takes into consideration the population living in the property by associating them to the tourist economic growth in order to strive for sustainable development and poverty reduction. Two major contributions supporting the APSARA National Authority in this matter are: The Angkor Management Plan (AMP) and Community Development Participation Project (CDPP), a bilateral cooperation with the Government of New Zealand. The AMP helps the APSARA National Authority to reorganize and strengthen the institutional aspects, and the CDPP prepares the land use map with an experimental participation of the communities and supports small projects related to tourist development in order to improve the income of villagers living in the protected zones; The Heritage Management Framework composed of a Tourism Management Plan and a Risk map on monuments and natural resources; a multilateral cooperation with the Government of Australia and UNESCO. Preliminary analytical and planning work for the management strategy will take into account the necessity to preserve the special atmosphere of Angkor. All decisions must guarantee physical, spiritual, and emotional accessibility to the site for the visitors. Source: UNESCO (

  • Cambodia Human Rights Situationer II

    Cambodia Human Rights Situationer II published by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, 09 February 2021.

  • Cambodia-Singapore relations

    Cambodia was one of the first countries to recognise Singapore’s independence on 10 August 1965, via a telegram from then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk to then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Formal diplomatic relations were established on 15 September 1965.

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