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Lee Hsien Loong’s statement insults Vietnamese military volunteers: Cambodia PM

Updated at Friday, 07 Jun 2019, 15:48
The Hanoitimes - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has voiced his opposition to the statement.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen has said he deeply regrets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s statement which insults the sacrifice of the Vietnamese military volunteers. 
 
Cambodia's PM Samdech Hun Sen. Photo: Japantimes
Cambodia's PM Samdech Hun Sen. Photo: Japantimes
“His statement reflects Singapore’s position then in support of the genocidal regime and the wish for its return to Cambodia,” the Cambodian PM said on his Facebook. 

Singapore was the host of the tripartite meeting that led to the formation of the coalition government of the Democratic Kampuchea, which had prolonged the war and the suffering of Cambodian people for another 10 years. It’s an act against the survival of the Cambodian people.

“His statement is also an insult to the sacrifice of the Vietnamese military volunteers who helped to liberate Cambodia from the genocidal regime,” Hun Sen said.

The Cambodian PM added that his statement reveals to the Singaporean people and the world that the leader of Singapore had indeed contributed to the massacre of Cambodian people.

"Finally, I shall ask whether H.E. Lee Hsien Loong considers the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders legitimate?" he raised the question. 

Tensions between Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam flared up earlier this week after Lee posted a condolence message on Facebook regarding the passing of former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda, according to the Khmer Times. Lee mentioned Vietnam's "invasion" of Cambodia and the Cambodian government that replaced the Khmer Rouge.
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