A Change of Guard

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Friday 27 February 2015

Hun Sen saddened by Gareth Evans' critique [Hun Sen is a dictator, so he can never take any criticism] នាយករដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​អន់​ចិត្ត​ជាមួយ​មិត្ត​បរទេស រិះ​គន់​លោក

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លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បែរ​ខ្នង​និង​សួរ​ទៅលោក Evans នៅ​ចំពោះ​មុខ​អង្គទូត​នានាក្នុងសន្និសីទថ្ងៃនេះ។ រូបថត Kevin
Prime Minister Hun Sen used the opening of a major international conference in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning to publicly question why former Australian Foreign Minister and Paris Peace Agreements architect Gareth Evans had attacked him in a scathing article last year.
Evans, once called the “father of Cambodia” by a senior CPP lawmaker, was seated awkwardly behind the premier on stage as he delivered the opening keynote address for a two-day Responsibility to Protect (R2P) conference at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel.
Turning and directly facing Evans in front of numerous diplomats, dignitaries and scholars, including Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows, Hun Sen asked why his former ally no longer wanted to be friends.
“I just wonder…why, my friend, did you criticise me last year as reported in the newspapers?” he asked to Evans’ obvious discomfort, before complaining about the international community’s reluctance to explicitly refer to preventing the return of the Khmer Rouge in the Paris Peace Agreements.
“I remember the memories of working together,” Hun Sen continued, recalling driving around with Evans in Sydney and late night negotiations in Jakarta in the lead-up to the 1991 accords.
“We have been friendly together. But [now] you don’t want to be friends anymore?” he asked.
“I don’t deserve Gareth Evans’ criticism because I’m thinking about the memories of working together for so long.”
The premier then tried to lighten the mood by adding he was “just joking” but curtly added that “for some of it…I’m not joking, it’s real.”
The pair exchanged a handshake and a few words at the conclusion of Hun Sen’s speech.
In an op-ed last February published in the Post, Evans said that Cambodia’s political leaders should be “named, shamed, investigated and sanctioned” by the international community.
“For far too long, Hun Sen and his colleagues have been getting away with violence, human-rights abuses, corruption, and media and electoral manipulation without serious internal or external challenge,” he wrote.
Evans said that while he had previously resisted making "strong public criticism” in the hope that the situation could change, the CPP’s behaviour had “moved beyond the civilised pale” following the 2013 national election.
Evans declined to comment in detail on Thursday.
“I’m just glad to know the Prime Minister read my article,” he said.


Anonymous said...

Has Ah kwak developed a political ploy of sarcasm to counter his critics?. he meant every word of it to Gareth who in turn is glad and humbled that Ah wkak read his article. As much as I don't like the Aussies politicians , I think you are one Aussies still holds true to your principles. thank you Mr Evans

Anonymous said...

Mr. Gareth Evans we Cambodian are very thankful that you had helped brought peace to a poor victimized Cambodian.

You befriend with the CPP leaderships in order to give Cambodia a chance of peace, independent state. Now after 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, it seem that CPP & her boss in Hanoi never fully follow their agreements.

Thanks for speak out. Please Mr. Gareth Evans can you tell the world who's really are controlling my poor victimized country. We Cambodian always believed that Hanoi had never given Cambodia independent. They are still pretty much controlled it's puppet CPP. Cambodian will achieve peace if foreigners kept in interfering into Cambodia politics.

Anonymous said...

"I don't know why you don't want to friend any more?"

There is a saying :stupidity is known to the outside world, but not to himself.

Yes why did he asked himself had he respected the the peace agreement,the human right issue so far?
What's a plonger!

True Khmer

Anonymous said...

Ah kwak 's insults is to hurt and humiliate Mr Gareth Evans publicly , but it was backfired when he said"I am glad he read my article".Mr Evans intended to get his message though to Ah kwak and his article did just that.

Anonymous said...

Ah Run Teas Banh Hun Sen Euy,

Nobody wants to see your face Ah Roleuy !!