King Norodom Sihamoni will leave for France today to attend an event being held to commemorate the successful work done by the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor over the past 25 years.
He will be seen off by Senate president Say Chhum, National Assembly president Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and other senior government officials at Phnom Penh International Airport.
Defence Minister Tea Banh yesterday confirmed that he will be at the airport to send off the King today.
“It is an honour for Cambodia that the French government is supporting ICC-Angkor’s work,” he said, adding that King Sihamoni will return to the Kingdom on Sunday.
Long Kosal, spokesman for Apsara Authority, said that the King will attend the meeting as Cambodia’s head of state.
“The French are interested in ICC-Angkor’s work on heritage conservation in the historical site of Angkor,” Mr Kosal said. “They have asked Cambodia for a presentation of its successes.”
He added that an official from the authority will give a presentation on ICC-Angkor’s work on conservation and sustainable development at the Angkor site over the past 25 years.
After Angkor was inscribed in the World Heritage List on 14 December 1992, ICC-Angkor was established in 1993 at the Intergovernmental Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The creation of the ICC-Angkor was one of the conditions given by the World Heritage Committee to accept the Angkor Site on the Unesco World Heritage List.
The ICC-Angkor has convened regularly twice a year, thus consistently following up on all operations being carried out on the site with the assistance of four experts in the field of conservation and archaeology and three in the field of sustainable development.
It is the international mechanism for the coordination of assistance extended by different countries and organizations, ensures the consistency of the different projects, and defines conservation standards through the Angkor Charter.