This letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen was forwarded to Khmer Times by Jesse Ricketson, on behalf of his father James Ricketson who is currently in detention on charges of espionage.
Dear Samdech Techo Prime Minister,
May I please, respectfully, send my sincerest apologies to yourself and the Cambodian Government.
I now realise that my statements I have made in the press and other media are disruptive and ill-informed. These statements were made from a place of foreign naivety and ignorance about the complexities and difficulties of governing Cambodia.
I sincerely regret having made any disrespectful comments and I unreservedly apologise in this regards to yourself and your government.
I can see much more clearly now how much good your government brings to the country and the stability it affords to Cambodians.
I apologise unreservedly and without condition for any distress I may have caused as a result of my ignorance of Cambodian issues. If there is anything I can do to remedy my mistake, please let me know as I only want the best for you and Cambodia.
I thank you in advance for your indulgence and understanding of an uninformed foreigner.
May I wish you well and send you my sincerest respects accordingly.