Remembering Cambodia's National Liberation

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Phnom Penh, June 20, 2024 --

The government spokesperson recalls the national liberation journey of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, current President of the Senate of Cambodia, from the Khmer Rouge regime as the country observes the 47th Remembrance Day of the “Journey to Overthrow the Pol Pot Genocidal Regime” on June 20.

The spokesperson, H.E. Pen Bona, wrote that on June 20, 47 years ago, on the border of Cambodia, the 25-year-old Samdech Techo Hun Sen made a huge sacrifice with his four other comrades to save his fellow Cambodians and the whole nation.

He called the liberation journey that started in the X-16 area in Tonloung commune, Memut district, Thbong Khmum province, a risk to pursuit of ‘one luck from ten thousand accidents.’

After overcoming numerous obstacles, a national liberation movement was formed on May 12, 1978, followed by an expansion into the Dec. 2 front that led to the victory on Jan. 7, 1979.

Although the mission to claim the right to life has been successful, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his colleagues in the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) continue to carry heavy burdens to end the remaining civil war while restoring the entire nation, which had been completely destroyed both in terms of social infrastructure and human resources.

Commemorating the journey towards national liberation and the process of nation-building after the Khmer Rouge regime sits as a testimony of a true hero of Cambodia, he added.

He continued that peace and all the achievements in Cambodia today are the outcome of the sacrifice of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, former Prime Minister of Cambodia, and his CPP colleagues.

The development is being secured in the safe hands of current Prime Minister Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet, who is leading Cambodia with a strong aspiration to make it a high-income country by 2050.