Washington DC – Cambodia has sought to dismiss international criticism over its poor human rights record and democratic standards by highlighting its role in UN peacekeeping missions and other international contributions.
In a speech in New York late last month, Cambodia’s defense minister, Tea Banh, said Cambodia was committed to internationalism, peace, and development.
“Despite our resources, capacity, and budget for the national defense being still limited and insufficient, Cambodia can still respond to the [UN] requests,” he said. “This shows our strong determination and commitment to fully contributing to peace, stability, and humanitarian work at the international level. For this reason, Cambodia should receive justice and more encouragement without hindrance to development”.