PM Hun Sen’s Remarks, 9 Nov 2013
“Along with the commeration of the 60th Annivesary of National Independence Day, today we also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the brave Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, founded by His Majesty NORODOM SIHANOUK, the Great Heroic King, King-Father of Khmer Independence, Territorial Integrity and National Unity. Since its establishment, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have been bravely protecting peace, national integrity, and happiness of the people as well as temples, priceless heritage left by our ancestors, from aggression. Truly, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have been improved remarkably. In fact, 20 years ago Cambodia received the UN Blue Berets on their peacekeeping mission in this country. Nowadays, Cambodia sends its forces to take part in UN peacekeeping missions in a number of countries that are hot spots in the world and has been praised by the UN’s Secretary General.
Based on this foundation, the Royal Government is firmly committed to further upgrading the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces to be more advanced in line with economic progress and national needs, be loyal to the nation, love the people, and be capable of protecting independence, peace, sovereignty, territorial integrity and every national achievement, as well as participating in the process of national development.”