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Cambodia to host ICAPP’s Asia Pacific Summit this year

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Jose de Venecia Jr, co-chairman of the ICAPP’s standing committee, meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace. KT/Khem Sovannara

Cambodia is expected to host ICAPP’s Asia Pacific Summit in November, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s assistant.

In December, Nepal and South Korea’s Universal Peace Federation hosted the Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu.

It was attended by world leaders such as Mr Hun Sen, Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The theme for last year’s summit was “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”.

Eang Sophalleth, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal assistant, said the Asia Pacific Summit 2019 was announced during a meeting between Mr Hun Sen and Jose de Venecia Jr, co-chairman of the ICAPP’s standing committee, at the Peace Palace yesterday.

He noted that the summit is to be held in Phnom Penh from November 19 to 20.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony in the capital before the meeting with Mr de Venecia, Mr Hun Sen said he will travel to the Philippines prior to the summit.

“I will go to Manila in order to discuss the Asia Pacific Summit,” he said, noting that after the summit, he is expected to go to South Korea to mark the anniversary of the ICAPP. “I will go to South Korea to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ICAPP.”

Mr Sophalleth said Mr de Venecia thanked Mr Hun Sen for attending last year’s Asia Pacific Summit.

He said Mr Hun Sen responded by thanking the ICAPP for trusting the Kingdom to host the summit this year.

Mr Sophalleth added that Mr Hun Sen wants the ICAPP and government officials to detail the content of this year’s summit to be considered next.

“Prime Minister Hun Sen advised that topics are analysed and discussed,” he said.

During his speech at last year’s summit, Mr Hun Sen noted that the world was facing many challenges.

“The world is facing many challenges, which are interrelated and systematic,” he said. “They result from changes in the world’s structure.”

“These results include trade wars, poverty, terrorism, climate change, food insecurity, the decline of morality, forced evictions, natural disasters and arms races,” Mr Hun Sen added.

The International Conference of Asian Political Parties was launched in Manila in 2000 to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties in Asia.

The CPP and Funcinpec party became ICAPP members in 2010.

As of May last year, more than 352 political parties from 52 countries in the region were eligible to participate in ICAPP activities.

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