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Cambodia commemorates victory over Khmer Rouge

by VTV408 January 2016 Last updated at 16:40 PM

CPP holds a ceremony in Phnom Penh on January 7 to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the victory over the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. (Image credit: Nhan Dan)
CPP holds a ceremony in Phnom Penh on January 7 to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the victory over the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. (Image credit: Nhan Dan)

VTV.vn - Cambodia marked the 37th anniversary of the historic victory against the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7. The event saw the participation of diplomatic representatives and international organisations in Phnom Penh.

Delivering a speech at the celebration, CPP President and Prime Minister Hun Sen said the ceremony was held to commemorate the Cambodian soldiers and patriotic citizens who sacrificed their lives to save the country from genocide. He noted the country was grateful for the great support provided by Vietnamese soldiers during the conflict. Hun Sen recalled the past, and talked about Cambodians who survived the mass killing and then gathered to fight against the Pol Pot-led regime. The victory sealed on January 7, 1979 marked Cambodia’s escape from the darkest period in the country’s history to step into a new era of independence, freedom, democracy and social progress.

Hun Sen went on to highlight the nation’s achievements recorded over the past 37 years in stabilising political situation, ensuring security, and boosting local economy. Income per capita is expected to hit 1,325 USD in 2016. The Asia Development Bank has forecasted 7.2% GDP growth for Cambodia in 2016.

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