Phnom Penh (FN), July 31 – The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC) calls for US Embassy officials to be conscientious in expressing statements and mindful of the long-term relations between Cambodia and the United States of America. UJFC advises embassy officials to refrain themselves in rendering undiplomatic gestures, starting with ugly war of words, according to the press statement released on Wednesday.

“UJFC notes with great surprise and concern that more often than not, officials from the US Embassy in Cambodia issue biased unfounded messages, seemingly attempting to mislead the public which may cause unreasonable resentment and grievance against the Cambodian people. If left unchecked, these messages may lead to political and social instability in Cambodia, something that the Royal Government of Cambodia and the international community have been working hard to avoid since the end of genocide and the protracted civil war in this country,” UJFC highlighted in the statement.

“UJFC also appeals for avoidance of statements that harm prosperity of Cambodian people. Cambodians are resilient people with creativity and have survived through hard times with dignity and pride. Smiling Cambodians have become increasingly aware of how to select their national leaders with conscience through national elections – their leaders with the capability to make the right difficult decision for our nation to move forward with energy, conviction, and excellence.”