My dear Kacvey,
How low can it gets when a signatory of the “1991 Paris Agreement on a Comprehensive Political Settlement of the Cambodia Conflict, Agreement concerning the Sovereignty, Independence , Territorial Integrity and Inviolability, Neutrality and National Unity of Cambodia, and Declaration on the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Cambodia” publicly declared that such agreements are dead, whereas it has been the results of those agreements that have made him the autocrat he is now? Martin Luther King Jr., once, said: “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
According to the Phnom Penh Post of 12 October 2017, the Khmer autocrat stated that “the 1991 Paris Peace Accords was dead in the water.”
Well, if the autocrat believes in what he said, the other 18 States signatories should challenge his view for the simple reason that any international agreement or treaty, once it is ratified, binds the responsibility of each State for ever or until such a time the said agreement or treaty is jointly abolished, canceled or terminated. In the case of Cambodia, Cambodia was represented by the Supreme National Council, then presided by Prince Norodom Sihanouk; the Supreme National Council had 12 members, one of which is the current autocrat.
As the Constitution regulates the governance of the country, international agreement or treaty regulates the governance and responsibility between sovereign and independent states. Only banana state lives in its own despotic shell.
Kavey, on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Agreements, it’s time for you to pull out of your library shelf the Blue Book Series of the United Nations titled “The United Nations and Cambodia 1991-1995” (ISBN: 92-1-100548-5) in order to get ready for the questions from your students.
In passing, have your students ever asked why the autocrat glorify so much “7 January 1979” while looking down at the 23 October 1991 Paris Peace Agreements? Answers, if needed, will be provided at another time.