King Norodom Sihamoni has lauded the work of the National Assembly and the government for maintaining peace in the Kingdom and developing its economy.
The King made the statement in a letter read by National Assembly president Heng Samrin during a plenary session on Friday.
“I have noticed that the National Assembly and the Royal Government have cooperated to maintain peace and harmony for the people,” King Sihamoni said in the letter, as quoted by Mr Samrin.
He said the legislative and executive bodies have produced laws and policies on behalf of the interest of citizens.
“The efforts of all of you have demonstrated great works to follow up with problems and resolving challenges faced by people,” King Sihamoni said.
Leng Peng Long, spokesman for the National Assembly, yesterday echoed the King’s message. Mr Peng Long said lawmakers have fulfilled their constitutional roles by resolving challenges faced by Cambodians.
“Our members of parliament have committed to serving people’s interests. Some visited people and considered concerns raised by people to find a resolution,” he said.
Mr Peng Long noted that the National Assembly recently approved a draft law prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. He said once passed, the law will allow the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to work in the Kingdom.
“Cambodia is a member of the United Nations. This will allow OPCW to work in Cambodia,” Mr Peng Long said.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said he agrees with King Sihamoni. Mr Phea said members of the National Assembly have progressed democracy and adopted laws to help manage the country.
“The National Assembly has an important role in monitoring the implementation of government policies. It has been doing so for two decades,” he said. “Peace came in 1998 and now the country’s economy is growing at about seven percent.”