On 27 October 2004, Samdech Prime Minister HUN Sen wrote a letter to His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, on the reaction of the Royal Government of Cambodia to the statement of Mr. Haraldo Munoz, Chairman of the Security Council Committee, which stated that Cambodia could become platforms for the operation of terrorists. The letter can be read as follows:
- Your Excellency,
I wish to inform Your Excellency that through his request, Mr. Haraldo Munoz, Chairman of the Security Council committee, visited Cambodia from 7 to 9 October 2004. During his visit to Cambodia, Mr. Munoz stated that "Cambodia could become platforms for the operation of Jemaah Islamiyah and other groups associated with al-Qaida... Cambodia needs help urgently if it is to avoid becoming a breeding ground for terrorism " etc ....
In this regard, I would like to bring to Your Excellency's attention that Cambodia has sufficient measures to combat terrorism. This is why, so far, Cambodia has no act of terrorism conducted on its soil. As part of its tough measures, Cambodia has arrested three suspected terrorists who are now in detention. At the same time, Cambodia is fully committed to continue to work closely with all partners, including those in ASEAN, the dialogue partners of ASEAN, members of the ASEAN Regional Forum, as well as others in the collective efforts to fight terrorism.
Therefore, the malicious statement released by Mr. Munoz on Cambodia is not only baseless but also came with an intention to discredit Cambodia. Mr. Munoz has his own fantasy, and it is sad that a person with such a profile would make an irresponsible and unsubstantiated statement.
Cambodia strongly rejects this nonsense and foolish statement of Mr. Munoz.
Finally, I wish to request Your Excellency to circulate this letter to all members of the UN Security Council as well as members of the UN General Assembly as an official document of the United Nations.
Please accept, Mr. Secretary-General, my sincere appreciation and the assurances of my highest consideration.