US Sends Condolences Over Ex-Cambodian King’s Death

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The United States of America today sent its condolences over ex-Cambodian king’s death His Majesty King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

In her remarkd at Washington DC, US State Department Spokeperson Victoria Nuland says the US expresses its sympathy on the passing of His Majesty King Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.

“We extend our condolences to His Majesty King Sihamoni, Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, the entire Royal Family, and those in Cambodia who are mourning this loss.” -Ms. Nuland

Reports says the former King spent much of the rest of his life in China. He died Monday at age 89 after suffering a heart attack.

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Norodom Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 to 2004.

King Sihanouk had been the last surviving Southeast Asian leader who led his nation through postwar independence.

United States and Cambodia work well together in so many ways.

In the past two years, bilateral relations between the United States and Cambodia have strengthened.

The U.S. supports efforts in Cambodia to combat terrorism, build democratic institutions, promote human rights, foster economic development, eliminate corruption, achieve the fullest possible accounting for Americans missing from the Vietnam War-era, and to bring to justice those most responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed under the Khmer Rouge regime, according to Wikipedia.

Cambodia has assumed chairmanship in the upcoming the ASEAN Regional Forum in July 2012.

Freedom House reports that Cambodia dropped to Not Free status because of increased violence against journalists.

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