Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on compatriots to distinguish between what is national politics and what is individual interest.
Mr Hun Sen made his remarks on Facebook following the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland.
“Thirty-one years ago today, Samdech Norodom Sihanouk and I met for the first time at the Fere-en-Tardenoi in France to begin national conciliation,” Mr Hun Sen said. “December 2 was the day that Heng Samrin, Chea Sim and other leaders, including myself, announced to create the United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea in 1978. It has been 40 years now.”
“National solidarity is required for our grandchildren to be able to separate between what is national politics needed for constructive building and what is personal interest,” he added. “This is the meaning of solidarity and I want to share the spirit of December 2 with our grandchildren. Please continue to maintain solidarity with friends, family and our society for the future of our country.”
At the same time, Mr Hun Sen also took shots against his political rival Sam Rainsy by noting that he will not pardon Mr Rainsy a third time.
“Among Cambodian leaders since ancient times, I have been the only one who has been most tolerant,” he said. “The traitors of the old generation died, but for me I give pardon to those who know their mistakes. Sometimes I pardon them twice, but there will never be a third time.”
“I hope that our compatriots can see what tolerance for national solidarity is and don’t be cheated by the same person who keeps making mistakes,” Mr Hun Sen added.
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay yesterday said in politics friends can one day become enemies and vice versa.
“When their own survival is at stake, they will not hesitate to change their minds,” Mr Mong Hay said. “This also applies to our Prime Minister’s rivalry with Sam Rainsy.”
Former opposition official Ou Chanrath yesterday said only national reconciliation and constructive criticism can bring about progress for the nation.
“There is only going forward together in order to solve the nation’s issues,” Mr Chanrath said.