Win-Win Monument inaugurated

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The Prime Minister (saluting) inspects the honour guard at the Win-Win Monument. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen inaugurated  the Win-Win Monument and marked the 20th anniversary of the end of the civil war in the Kingdom.   He promised to maintain peace in the country forever.

Soldiers from all branches of the military, police officers and civilians gathered at the monument to mark the anniversary of the Prime Minister’s win-win policy, the move that brought Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan to the negotiation table in the late 1990s to end hostilities and bring peace to the Kingdom.

The Win-Win Monument is a symbol of Hun Sen’s achievements and a symbol of peace.  It has been under construction in Chroy Changva district’s Prek Tasek commune since 2016.  The 54-metre tall monument will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made to end civil wars that seemed endless just decades ago.

Personal Bodyguard Headquarters (BHQ) soldiers before the Win-Win Monument. Photo: KT/Chor Sokunthea

Speaking at the ceremony, the premier said that the monument contains all documents related to the win-win policy, which brought peace to all Cambodians.

“It [peace] is for our nation. Even if they are from different political trends and don’t recognize it, but all citizens have benefitted from the win-win policy.”

The PM reviewed his negotiations with the Khmer Rouge leaders to reach integration in 1998, and noted that battle fields have given way to cultivated land, markets, hotels, and development areas.

Hun Sen (L) and wife at the Win-Win Monument inauguration. Photo: KT/Chor Sokunthea

He recognizes that foreign countries previously made two mistakes in Cambodia – supporting the Lon Nol and the Pol Pol regimes by foreign powers – and warned that imposing sanctions on those keeping the peace and benefitting the people would be their third mistake.

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