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09PHNOMPENH143 AMBASSADOR MARCIEL URGES CONTINUED DIALOGUE ON PREAH VIHEAR, ATTENTION TO CORRUPTION CONCERNS AT ECCC IN MEETING WITH DPM SOK AN

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DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/MLS, P, D, IO

PARIS FOR AMB. OLIVER

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/04/2019

TAGS: PREL, KJUS, KTIA, SCUL, TH, CB

SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR MARCIEL URGES CONTINUED DIALOGUE ON

PREAH VIHEAR, ATTENTION TO CORRUPTION CONCERNS AT ECCC IN

MEETING WITH DPM SOK AN

 

REF: PHNOM PENH 101

 

Classified By: Ambassador Carol A. Rodley for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

 

1. (C) Summary: During a March 3 discussion with Deputy

Prime Minister Sok An, EAP Deputy Assistant Secretary and

Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs Scot Marciel praised the

Cambodian government for working bilaterally with the Thais

to find a long-term solution to the Preah Vihear area border

dispute, and urged continued dialogue between the two

governments. Sok An stated that the next step on Preah

Vihear talks included plans for a Joint Border Commission

meeting in Phnom Penh in April, and that Cambodia\’s progress

report on the Preah Vihear temple is due to the World

Heritage Committee in May. On the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

(KRT), Sok An stated that allegations of corruption at the

court are an issue internal to Cambodia. Ambassador Marciel

repeated the Embassy\’s message that it is important to

address corruption concerns so that they do not distract from

the positive efforts of the KRT. The Deputy Prime Minister

stated that finalizing a Cambodian anti-corruption law is a

priority. Ambassador Marciel agreed with Sok An\’s point that

the law would not be a magic solution to the problem of

corruption, but stated that passage of the law will be a

positive signal to the Cambodian people and international

companies that might consider doing business in Cambodia.

End Summary.

 

Preah Vihear: Same Old Song

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2. (C) During Ambassador Marciel\’s March 3 meeting with

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Senior Minister to the

Council of Ministers Sok An, the DPM communicated many of the

same points regarding the Preah Vihear area border dispute as

those raised during Ambassador Rodley\’s courtesy call with

the DPM on February 12 (Reftel). The DPM recounted his

familiar account of Cambodia\’s negotiations for the

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July 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

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