The French government has thrown its backing behind Cambodia’s recent commune elections, saying the polls went smoothly and were free and fair.
Chhiv Yiseang, undersecretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said the French ambassador to Cambodia, Eva Nguyen Binh, praised the electoral process at a closed-door meeting with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon yesterday.
“Ms Nguyen Binh said the elections were carried out in good order and turnout was high,” Mr Yiseang said, adding that the French government valued the development of democracy within Cambodia.
“In response, the Foreign Minister explained how the commune elections in June were conducted within a process of electoral reform, including new election laws approved by both major political parties in the National Assembly.”
Mr Yiseang said the ambassador also expressed her appreciation of the contribution made by Cambodian peacekeeping forces throughout the world.
“Ms Nguyen Binh praised Cambodian peacekeeping troops for having an important role in bringing peace and security to various countries, especially the French-speaking countries in Africa,” he said.
“The Foreign Minister then thanked the French government for helping train Cambodian troops before UN peacekeeping missions.”
The ambassador said France will soon build a memorial to victims of the Khmer Rouge who lost their lives during the genocidal regime from 1975 to 1979 in Phnom Penh.
“France plans to construct a monument to Khmer Rouge victims at the end of this year, in the garden in front of the French Embassy,” Mr Yiseang said.