Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 12 – Cambodian Ministry of National Defence regarded the unilateral sanction of the United States as senseless and provocative., according to a statement on Friday.
“The United States has once again tried to destroy the harmony of the Cambodian people. There is no difference between their current actions and their brutal behaviors undertaken in the past which resulted in destruction and tragedy for Cambodia and other countries around the world.”
“The United States always uses the issue of Ream Naval Base as a tool to apply pressure even when Cambodia has strived to show its goodwill, concession and honesty in the spirit of friendship. In relation to Ream Naval Base, the Ministry of National Defence has repeatedly reaffirmed in almost all forms that Cambodia's sovereignty is fully protected. The modernization at Ream is certainly not a threat to the security of any countries, as alleged. The Ministry of National Defence and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have always shown goodwill towards other countries sovereignty and regard this as respect of mutual interests and a way of evading friction. In contrast, the United States constantly displays a disregard for Cambodia's sovereignty to further its own interests and enhance its position in current geo-political rivalry,” the statement continued.
“The Ministry of National Defence firmly opposes this unfriendly action. This provocative and dishonorable attempt will absolutely not succeed in making Cambodia return to the past tragedies which were caused by external interference. We will stand firmly to protect our national interests at all costs, and build good relations with our friends who choose to respect mutual interests.”