Phnom Penh (FN), June 14 - Cambodian General Hing Bun Hieng, Head of the Prime Minister Bodyguard Unit and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces urged the US’s Treasury Department to implement the sanctions as soon as possible, according to his letter dated on 14 June 2018.

“In my life, I really want to befriend Americans; however, I have a firm will to protect safety for my people; to counter attack any Americans who support traitors in Cambodia and do not respect Cambodian sovereignty,” General Hing Bun Hieng wrote in the letter.

“I do not have any assets for the US to freeze but please do as soon as possible should you found,” he added.

The General stressed that he shall live in his homeland, develop his nation, protect peace and assist his people.

The General’s statement was made in response to the US Department of the Treasury's announcement on Tuesday to sanction him for being the leader of an entity involved in serious human rights abuse, pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which targets perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse and corruption.