November 9, 2012 is the 59th
Anniversary of Cambodia's Independence. On this day in 1953, Former King
Norodom Sihanouk declared Cambodia’s independence from French colonial.
It is with profound sorrow that we are greatly shocked and grieved to
passing of His Majesty Preah Karun Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK,
our nation’s highly respected and dearly loved King Father, a great
leader loved and esteemed by the Cambodian people.
His Majesty’s tireless efforts towards national independence and
territorial integrity and His indefectible commitment towards the well-being,
happiness and unity of His people are an invaluable legacy to our nation
and country. His Majesty’s passing is a great loss to our country
and people, but His Majesty’s enduring love for our motherland and
profound affection for the Cambodian people shall be an inspiration to
us all and for generations to come.
On this sad occasion, I expressed my deepest condolences over the death
of His Majesty Former King Norodom Sihanouk who led the Cambodian people
to Independence, national reconciliation and long dedication to his country
and his legacy as a unifying leader who is revered by Cambodians and respected
internationally. It was a huge loss to the Cambodian people.
Through sacrifice and determination, and the support of our development
partners, Cambodia has transformed itself into a peaceful country with
improved social order, stability, cooperation and development. These accomplishments
are now deep-rooted in Cambodia’s socio-economic foundation and
have contributed to a rapid expansion of the national economy.
The Royal Government has embarked on wide-ranging reforms focusing on
macroeconomic management, public financial management and financial sector
reforms, as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of physical
infrastructures, in particular the national road network.
Under the wise leadership of Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister, Cambodia
has been transformed into a fast-growing regional economy based on agriculture
and agro-industries, manufacturing, tourism-related industries, and human
resource development. Over the next 10-20 years, Cambodia expects to realise
our vision by mobilising resources from all sources, both domestically
and abroad, to invest in human resource development, institutions and
infrastructure – including roads, bridges, seaports, airports, railroads,
power, clean water supply, irrigation, and technology.
Cambodia and UK are geographically far apart and have different social
and cultural traditions, but the peoples have expressed an earnest wish
to enhance our friendship. I believe Cambodia and UK will work more closely
to push forward our bilateral relations and strengthen our coordination
and cooperation in the international affairs.
The country-to-country relations cannot leave the people-to-people exchanges.
I must pay special tribute to the Cambodian community who have built friendship
and lived in harmony with the local people, and made indispensable contributions
to the economic and social development of UK. Although living far from
ancestral home, they follow with great interest the development and changes
of their homeland, gratified at the well-to-do life of their Cambodian
compatriots. I hope all Cambodian in UK will carry forward the fine Cambodian
culture and traditional virtues, reveal the spirit of diligence, bravery,
intelligence and self-improvement, and make more contributions to a better
UK and to the everlasting and fulfilling friendship between Cambodia and
UK and their friendly peoples.
May you all enjoy greater success in the future endeavours!
May Cambodia and UK enjoy prosperity and their people’s well-being!
Hor Nam Bora
Ambassador of Cambodia to the United Kingdom Denmark-Finland-Ireland-Norway-
Sweden- Ethiopia & Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the African