Sean Peng Se, a former minister in the Lon Nol regime and president of the France-based NGO alliance the Cambodia Border Committee died aged 82 in Paris on Tuesday morning.
A statement from the Cambodia Border Committee published yesterday expressed deep sadness at the death of Mr Peng Se, who was a former minister of industry, mines and handicrafts.
The statement said Mr Peng Se died of old age at the Centre Hospitalier d’Orgemont. His body will be cremated on Monday.
Mr Peng Se was born in Speu commune, in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Loeu district.
He married the niece of former prime minister Penn Nouth. They had four children.
He received a graduate degree in engineering in France in 1959, and was appointed chairman of delegations to negotiate the Cambodian border on his return to the country.
He was a minister under the Lon Nol regime in 1973. He later founded the Cambodia Border Committee in France, and was known for speaking out over boundary problems between Cambodia and neighbouring countries.
Rong Chhun, advisor to the Cambodia Independent Teachers’ Association, said he was saddened to hear of Mr Peng Se’s death, because he was a prominent Cambodian intellectual.
“Mr Peng Se was a smart Cambodian citizen who tried to solve national problems related to our borders,” Mr Chhun said.
Mr Chhun added that when he visited France, he always met with Mr Peng Se, who would come up with good ideas for how to settle border issues between Cambodia and its neighbours.
“He always provided interesting opinions on protecting Cambodia,” said Mr Chhun.
“I am very sad to hear of his death and offer my condolences to his family.” Sambo Manara, vice rector and a professor of Khmer studies and Cambodian history at Pannasastra University, said that while Mr Peng Se had opinions that some people did not accept, he was recognised as an outstanding Cambodian national.
“I want to send my condolences to his family,” Mr Manara said. “The death of Mr Peng Se is the loss of an important human resource.”