PHNOM PENH: Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that Cambodia has never believed that war can end with war, especially as a country that has experienced war in the not so distant past. He made this remark at the 5th Asia-Pacific Community-Based Inclusive Development Congress (AP-CBID) held in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning, 15 March 2023.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the growing competition between superpowers undermines world order and respect for international law. He added that adherence to international law and the UN Charter is important in addressing these issues.
"On the issue of war, Cambodia has enough experience that can be documented historically, and of course war cannot end with war,” he said. “In this sense, only a peaceful settlement of conflict through dialogue and negotiation can be achieved.”
He further remarked on how peace is more valuable than anything and that the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities is due to this peace factor.
"It is necessary to ensure that persons with disabilities have the same rights as persons without disabilities, including the right to education, health services, justice and equal participation in society, religion, sports and politics," he said.
Cambodia is a former war-torn country that continues to be plagued by explosive remnants of war and landmines, despite the current situation of peace. As of 2021, more than 60,000 people have been recorded as victim of mines and unexploded ordnance, killing nearly 20,000, injuring more than 36,000 and paralyzing nearly 10,000 people.
Cambodia is hosting the 5th Asia-Pacific Community-Based Inclusive Development Congress from 15-17 March 2023, under the theme “Strengthening Social and Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic through Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)”. The conference is focused on strengthening cooperation and partnerships, promoting social welfare and support for persons with disabilities, promoting non-discriminatory participation for persons with disabilities and ensuring the good performance of CBID programs during and after the pandemic.