BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has marked the 59th Anniversary of the CPP founding on June 29th in Phnom Penh. About 10,000 supporters who are high-ranking government officials, Buddhist monks, students and teachers attended the celebration.
The historical event was presided over by Samdech Chea Sim, CPP’s President and President of the Senate; Samdech Heng Samrin, CPP’s Honorary President and President of the National Assembly, Embassy officials in Cambodia. Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Vice-President of CPP did not attend the 59th Anniversary Celebration because of his health problems.
Samdech Chea Sim said that in the past 59 years the Cambodian People’s Party kept its own identity as the party, which was created by the Cambodian people and worked for the Cambodians and, moreover, it led the national liberation movement to strongly fight against the French colonial administration and also contributed comprehensively to the common victory of the struggle for gaining back the national independence in 1953.
The party traces its origins to the formation of the communist Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party in June 1951, four months after the Indochinese Communist Party was dissolved and replaced by parties for the Vietnamese, Khmer and Lao communist movements.
“We celebrate this event in the spirit to offer deepest respect and gratitude to patriots of all generations, including a great number of cadres and soldiers who had fought with braveness and sacrificed their lives in all stages for the nation,” he said during his opening remarks at the celebration of the 59th Anniversary of the CPP.
He added: “While we are doing all, we can achieve our common goal, there are a number of biased outsiders who always are seeking all means in order to get rid of the CPP. So the CPP tried both to respond to our national demand and to strengthen our own party and to fight against the outsiders attacks, but what is the most important thing now is that we dare to look at the facts and to accept the facts, and to enlarge our advantages in order to improve insufficient points and adhere to our constantly cautious position.”
The CPP deserved credit for triumphs over French colonialism as well as attempts by the United States of America to draw Cambodia into the war in neighbouring country Vietnam, he said, adding that for the past 59 years, the CPP adheres strictly to its nature of being a party that is of the people, and for the people. The CPP deserved credit for triumphs over French colonialism as well as attempts by the United States of America to draw Cambodia into the war in neighbouring Vietnam.
He also encouraged the party’s officials to continue strengthening the “internal solidarity and unity” and to “attain further successes in the construction and defence of the motherland within the spirit of self-reliance”.
“The CPP strongly supports the Royal Government of Cambodia’s policies and measures in continuing to fight against corruption, forestry and fisheries offences, putting a stop to anarchic grabbing of state land, while maintaining sustainable environment and natural resources exploitation with conscience and responsibility,” he said.
He stated that CPP condemns resolutely circles that campaign distorted facts against the royal government’s efforts, while placing hindrance and destroying the process which are tantamount to heinous crimes against the national interest. He also praised the work of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and said the party disapproved of attempts to use the court for ill-intent purpose that would have impacts on peace, stability and national reconciliation that the Cambodian people have attained with greatest difficulties.
Relating to the CPP’s the future Prime Minister Candidacy, Samdech Chea Sim has announced in public that CPP will continue to support Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s candidacy to the premiership in the upcoming mandates. He added that CPP will also continue to support the Cambodian government in its resolution on border issues and in the planting of border posts with Vietnam and Laos until the end. /