Ministry Alerts Embassies to Its New Marriage-Regulation Law

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a letter to embassies and dip­lomatic missions this week to clarify the new law regulating mar­riages between Cambodians and foreigners.

According to the letter dated Feb 2, foreigners applying for marriages “are not under any legal obligation or requirement to be a member of whatever association or organization in order to be eligible.”

“Furthermore, they should be advised against engaging an intermediary agency, which constitutes a violation of the regulations of the Royal Government of Cam­bodia,” the letter states.

Koy Koung, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the letter was sent in re­sponse to advertisements placed in newspapers by the Association for People Protection, claiming that foreigners needed to register through them in order to get married.

“Because the association is playing for profits and it is against the law,” he said. “That is why we informed the embassies.”

Koy Koung added that APP registered their business with the Interior Ministry.

Interior Ministry spokesman Lieu­tenant General Khieu Sop­heak could not be reached for com­ment Wednesday.

Calls to Ky Sina, listed as the president of APP, went unanswered Wednesday, as did calls for the association’s offices registered South Korea.

In late March last year, the government banned marriages be­tween Cambodians and foreign nationals following a report is­sued by the International Or­ganization for Migration that highlighted the vulnerability of Cam­bodian women going to South Korea, often through un­regulated broker agencies.

The ban was lifted in Novem­ber when the government issued a sub-decree outlining procedures for foreigners and Cambo­dians hoping to wed.

(Additional reporting by Cajsa Collin)

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