Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 27 - His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, delivered his intervention at the High Level Segment (HLS) of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) from 24-26 February 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the ministry's press release dated Wednesday.

“My country, Cambodia, is at a crossroads of regretfully divergent perceptions. To many, they see Cambodia as the “success story” of a devastated country, burned to the ground by war and genocide, that has risen from the ashes, reconciled amongst their own people, and achieved enormous socio-economic transformations”, said the minister.

“I would like to conclude quite simply by repeating what our Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, has recently told the High Commissioner for Human Rights Madam Michelle Bachelet that Cambodia is committed to promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law, but also to protecting our so hard-won peace, a peace that is so cherished by a people whose tragic past you all know well," he added.

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