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Assembly president laments wars

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Heng Samrin spoke of ‘degrading’ foreign influence. KT/Mai Vireak

More than 200 lawmakers from 26 countries have gathered in Phnom Penh for an executive council meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly.

National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday addressed the meeting in his capacity as current chairman of the APA.

He told lawmakers he was heartbroken to see countries plagued by the devastation of war and internal conflicts that forced millions to flee their homes and caused loss of life.

He cited the Arab Spring uprisings as an example of “warmongering”.

“It is my firm belief that war instigators in the region will further fan the flames of warmongering in other parts of Asia, particularly in weaker developing countries,” said Mr Samrin.

The APA forum drew from a long list of Asian countries. KT/Mai Vireak

He added that the government had made tireless efforts to rebuild the country over the past 40 years, despite “degrading’ political pressure from outside.

The APA council meeting, which began on Sunday, will run until tomorrow at the Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel.

Nguon Nhel, vice-president of the National Assembly and chairman of the Cambodian APA Parliamentary Group, said the meeting clearly showed how Cambodia could make a substantial contribution to regional and global political affairs.

Mr Nhel said delegates had agreed 24 resolutions to be submitted to the council meeting for examination and consideration, the outcome of which will be discussed at the APA’s next plenary session in Turkey.

Mr Samrin hailed the partnership working between APA countries.

“I firmly believe our meeting will produce a common consensus that represents the voice of the people of Asia, reflecting the common wishes and aspirations of member countries, which want to live in peace, stability, prosperity and harmony,” Mr Samrin said.

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