Aug 8: The British Embassy announced the UK government and UNDP will support
a two year project with the Municipality of Phnom Penh to help squatters and other
urban poor. The cost of the project is $1,750,000 of which the UK government will
contribute 80% and UNDP 20%. The project will assist in the provision of basic services
including water supply, drainage, sanitation and the construction of roads and footpaths.
Aug 12: Reuters reported: The Khmer Rouge has appointed loyal officers
to replace renegade commanders in their key northwest Cambodian border bases of Phnom
Malai and Pailin, the guerrillas’ radio said on Monday.
Aug 14: In response to a request from the Ministry of Health, the government
of Japan has supplied a further $200,000 worth of emergency vaccines to overcome
the shortfall of vaccines for July, August, September and October for Cambodia’s
Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). The emergency donation was made in addition
to its annual assistance.
Aug 18: The Khmer Nation Party (KNP) announced that its new offices in
Prey Nub district, Sihanoukville, had its sign torn down and smashed with an ax.
The KNP claimed a group of six CPP militiamen armed with a AK 47 assault rifle, a
B40 rocket-launcher, an ax, machete, shovel and a large hammer attacked the office.
The six assailants have been identified by villagers who witnessed the scene as being
named Horn, Leng, Puth, Vann, Khay and Run. The KNP said it will lodge a complaint
on Aug 19 at the municipal court of Sihanoukville against the assailants.
Aug 19: Reuters reported: Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong is expected
to visit Cambodia in November and will be followed in January by Indonesia’s President
Suharto, Cambodian Foreign Minister Ung Huot said. The Foreign Minister was unable
to specify dates, but said the two would visit Cambodia in their official capacities.
” We are still trying to finalize the date,” a Singaporean diplomat in
Phnom Penh said, adding that it was ” just a friendly visit”. Goh will
be the first Singaporean Prime Minister to visit Cambodia in more than two decades.
The envoy said the visit would give Goh a chance to see progress in Cambodia since
the signing of the UN brokered peace accords of 1991.
Source: Phnom Penh Post.