Fall of Khmer Rouge rule marked (08-01-2005) Phnom Penh — Over 10,000 people gathered at a rally held by the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) yesterday to mark the 26th anniversary of the end of the Khmer Rouge's genocidal rule (January 7, 1979). Prominent among the participants were the CPP's President and Chairman of Cambodian Senate Chea Sim, the CPP's honourary President and first deputy Chairman of Cambodian Parliament Heng Samrin, representatives of the cooperative party FUNCINPEC and other parties in Cambodia. Viet Nam's Charge d'Affairs to Cambodia Nguyen Trac Toan and other diplomatic representatives in the country were also on hand. Speaking at the event, President Chea Sim recalled the assistance of Vietnamese army volunteers and other international friends for the struggle of the Cambodian people against the Khmer Rouge's genocidal regime, to help bring to an end of the darkest period in Cambodia's history. “If there had been no January 7 victory, Cambodia would not have made such great achievements over the past 26 years,” President Chea Sim said, adding that with the end of political deadlock between the CPP and FUNCINPEC after the election in July, 2003, Cambodia will now continue to make great progress in national development,… Read full this story
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