Last Updated: 2018-12-29
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Dec 29 (NNN-AKP) - Cambodia today commemorates the 20th anniversary of the end of the civil war, vowing to use all necessary means to continue protecting the country's hard-earned peace.

Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, presided over the celebration, which was attended by some 30,000 people, who are senior officials, soldiers, police officers, civil servants and residents.

Foreign diplomats to Cambodia, as well as, defence delegations from China, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos were also invited for the event.

Speaking at the event, Hun Sen said, the end of decades-old civil war on Dec 29, 1998, had provided "gold and diamond" opportunities for Cambodia, to rebuild its national economy and society and to reduce poverty.

"Without any war, a large number of foreign investors and tourists come to Cambodia. Now, Cambodia's trade volume rose to 25 billion U.S. dollars (in 2018), with the country's export valued at 12 billion U.S. dollars. We started from zero tourist, to now nearly six million tourists," he said.

According to the prime minister, the country's GDP per capita reached 1,607 U.S. dollars in 2018, remarkably up from only 200 U.S. dollars in 1998.

"This is a great success for the people of Cambodia, and we aim to become an upper-middle income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050," Hun Sen said.

"To achieve these ambitious targets, peace must be protected at any cost," the 67-year-old prime minister said.

During the celebration, a Win-Win Monument, which had been constructed to honour Hun Sen's "Win-Win Policy," was inaugurated.

The 12-million-U.S.-dollar monument began construction in Feb, 2016, on an 8-hectare parcel, in front of the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, in Chroy Changvar district, in Phnom Penh.

Defence Minister, Gen. Tea Banh, said, the 54-metre tall monument, served as a reminder of the sacrifices made to end the war and symbolised peace that had resulted from the prime minister's "Win-Win Policy."

He said that Hun Sen's journey to peace for the kingdom had been sculptured on the base of the monument.

"The monument will serve as a venue for young generations to learn about the true history of Cambodia."

The celebration will be held for three days, during which, people can enjoy exhibitions, concerts, and sports competition, as well as, fireworks at nights, the minister said.-- NNN-AKP