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Nuon Chea’s daughter remembers his last words

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Lor Chea Linda. KT/Siv Channa

Pailin province – Lor Chea Linda, daughter of former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea who died on Sunday at the age of 93, yesterday said her father’s last words were a call for solidarity.

“He told his children to help those who are weaker than us and to take care of our health, study hard and called for solidarity,” Ms Chea Linda said.

Former comrades and relatives continue to pour in to pay their last respects at a pagoda in Pailin province, where Mr Chea’s body was laid to rest before it will be cremated tomorrow.

Mr Chea, former deputy secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison over his role during the regime’s brutal rule.

He was found guilty of executing ethnic Vietnamese and Cham minorities, committing rape, forcing marriages and prohibiting religious activities.

“Yes, we are in sorrow, as a daughter losing her father, but we will return to normalcy after the funeral and follow his last message,” Ms Chea Linda added.

She noted that people in Pailin, Mr Chea’s hometown, have also been coming in to pay their respects.

Meanwhile, the Japanese and French, co-chairs of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia’s friends group, issued a joint statement on Tuesday.

“More than ever, it is urgent that every stakeholder of the ECCC fulfills its responsibility so that the trial of the remaining co-accused proceed in a fair, efficient and expeditious manner and that overdue justice be realised in Cambodia,” it said.

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