Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 7 – There has been a past issue, however, that we cannot allow it to repeat – national division that stems from ambitions of politicians who take people as tools to achieve personal interests, and neglect national destiny, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed to approximately 70,000 Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) members and supporters gathered Monday at the Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kingdom’s liberation from Khmer Rouge regime on 7 January 1979.
According to the Strongman Hun Sen, the disaster Cambodia had faced stemmed from the coup launched by Lon Nol clique, and commanded by foreign circles, to overthrow the popular socialist society regime on 18 March 1970 pushing Cambodia from an island of peace into a full-flame war.
From 1970-1975, the war killed over one million Cambodians and inflicted the most severe destruction to the country’s socio-economic infrastructure. On 17 April 1975, the regime of Khmer Republic fell. People hoped to have lived in peace to restart their livelihood. However, their hopes evaporated in the blink of an eye as they fell into a newer disaster – the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime.
“The whole society turned upside down beyond anyone’s imagination. The unfortunate Cambodia had become a prison of no walls and a killing field soaked in blood and tear. National infrastructure destroyed to its roots,” the Premier recalled.
He continued that: “Every rights and freedom of people were in complete deprivation. Three millions of Cambodians had been killed unjustly, while those remained were in shock and trauma concerned of when they would be next.”
“Every Cambodian living in those days turned to praying for deity and sacred objects, anyone with power and paramita, and justice loving people in the world to come to rescue them from hell,” he added.
The Premier underlined that 7-January-1979 saved lives of millions of Cambodians awaiting death in a timely manner. It closed the darkest page in the Cambodian history and ushered in a new era of independence, freedom, democracy, and social progress for Cambodia, and provided every rights and freedom to her people.
Head of the ruling CPP recognized that harmony and social progress originate from mutual understanding and forgiveness between tendencies, ability to work and dare take construction criticism, and from law abiding.