Kofi Annan Invited to Visit Cambodia
By Erik Wasson and Prak Chan Thul
UN Resident Coordinator Douglas Gardner has invited UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to visit
In his April 12 letter, Gardner praised the sending of Cambodian deminers to Sudan – an event Prime Minister Hun Sen marked at a ceremony the same day by accusing UN officials of violating Cambodia’s sovereignty and warning the deminers not to repeat the mistakes of Untac.
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In the month leading up to the April 12 ceremony, Hun Sen blasted UN human rights envoy Yash Ghai several times for saying too much power has been concentrated in the hands of one person for freedom to flourish.
Hun Sen called on Annan to fire Ghai and said the local UN center for human rights office was staffed by “tourists.”
Asked if Annan would be coming to repair a strained relationship, UNDP spokesman Dain Bolwell wrote in an e-mail: “The relationship between the UN and
Annan is being invited to help mark the 15th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords on Oct 23, he said, adding that he has not yet said whether he can attend.
“As Douglas Gardner said at the sending off ceremony,
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