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Media news 2020-02-05

Hun Sen stresses non-interference as key to global peace and growth

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for non-interference in sovereign nations’ affairs in order to promote peace, stability and human development.

He made the call in his remarks during the Universal Peace Federation World Summit 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

Mr Hun Sen said that all countries need to foster the culture of interfaith dialogues in order to build mutual understanding, respect, trust and tolerance to promote peace, stability and human development which is increasingly fragile in the world.

“All countries must strictly adhere to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs as meddling in other’s affairs would always bring about destruction and disasters to the development of the country,” he added.

Mr Hun Sen said that Cambodia, in light of its bitter past, highly values peace and stability that allows for growth in all sectors.

“Keeping peace and stability is most vital because it is the foundation of social and economic development of society and it is also a base to strengthen security and human development,” he explained.

The Prime Minister added that the multilateral system and rules-based international order which aim to strengthen and broaden cooperation should be adhered to by all countries.

“[We] should continue to promote close dialogue and build trust as well as resolve regional challenges through peaceful means, based on international law,” he added.

Mr Hun Sen also said that the world should invest in advancing education and social protection by reducing poverty and narrowing the development gap, which is a better way to maintain peace.

“[We] should advance development by promoting a people-centric approach, especially in developing and strengthening social protection systems such as the enhancement of quality education,” he added. “[We] should improve the wellbeing of people, reduce poverty and narrow the development gap via steady changes in the socio-economic structure.”

During his remarks, addressed to thousands of participants at the summit, Mr Hun Sen said that Cambodia has focused on maintaining peace and restoring human resource development after three decades of civil war.

“Cambodia has always placed great importance on the development of human resources by regarding it as one of four main priorities,” he said.

He added that his government has implemented in-depth reform in the education sector, aiming to provide access – and enhance the experience – for everyone.

Mr Hun Sen said that the government’s efforts to do this increased more than threefold in five years from 2013-2018 and mainly focuses on the construction of school buildings, supporting school operations, improving the quality of examinations at all levels  and strengthening the quality of New Generation Schools.

He added that a budget has been set aside to enhance technical skills at General and Technical High Schools as well as for research in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM); and to provide scholarships for poor students.

Mr Hun Sen said the government aims to continue enhancing the development of capacity building for research and innovation to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution.

The budget for the Education Ministry to spend increased from $269 million to $852 million between 2013-2018.

After delivering his remarks at the summit, he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and discussed bilateral cooperation and international issues of common interest.

Today, on the final day of the summit, Mr Hun Sen will have a working lunch with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Sye-kyun, to boost the cooperation and relationship between both countries.