Cambodia’s largest-ever ceremony marks victory over Pol Pot

Monday, 2018-01-08 11:27:11
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The ceremony to mark 39th anniversary of the January 7 Victory Day over the genocidal regime of Pol Pot. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO/VNA – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 7 held the largest-ever ceremony in Phnom Penh to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the January 7 Victory Day (January 7, 1979) over the genocidal regime of Pol Pot.

The ceremony was presided over by President of CPP and Prime Minister Hun Sen and CPP Honorary President and President of the Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin.

Addressing the event, CPP President and PM Hun Sen said that the historic January 7 Victory saved the lives of millions of Cambodian people from the killings of brutal Pol Pot regime and opened a new era of independence, freedom, democracy, and development for Cambodia.

The event aims to express the supreme gratitude towards the heroic soldiers of the National United Front for Salvation of Cambodia and Vietnamese volunteer troops who sacrificed their flesh and blood in the fight to overthrow the Pol Pot in the defence of Cambodia and its people’s survivals, he added.

He went on to note that 39 years after the victory, Cambodian people’s living standards have improved significantly with the income per capita rising from US$1,042 in 2013 to US$1,435 in 2017. The poverty rate declined from 53.5% in 2004 to 13.5% in 2014 and continued dropping the following years. The country has maintained an annual economic growth of about 7%.

PM Hun Sen affirmed Cambodia will continue to maintain and develop a democracy based on the rule of law and national interests and will not accept external intervention and pressure under the guise of democracy and human rights.

He also said that the CPP will continue to pursue planned reforms, strengthen law enforcement and ensure social justice to satisfy the people’s aspiration. He called on all Cambodian people to stay united for the country’s peace and development.

The event was attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh and representatives from the diplomatic corps, international organisations and people from all walks of life in Cambodia.