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Oleh/By		:	DATO' SERI DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD 
Tempat/Venue 	: 	SRI PERDANA, KUALA LUMPUR 
Tarikh/Date 	: 	17/08/94 
Tajuk/Title  	: 	A DINNER IN HONOUR OF H.R.H. PRINCE 
			NORODOM RANARIDDH FIRST PRIME 
			MINISTER, KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA 


 
   Please allow me to  extend a very warm  welcome  to Your
Royal Highness and members of your delegation  to  Malaysia.
Your   visit   provides  the  opportunity  for  me  and  the
government and people of Malaysia to  reciprocate  the  warm
reception  and  kind  hospitality  accorded  to  me  and  my
delegation during my official visit to Cambodia last  April.
I hope that your  brief  stay  in  our  country  will be  an
enjoyable  one.
2.   We are most  honoured  that you have been able to  take
time off to visit our country.  I  very  much  welcome  this
opportunity to meet with you again and to continue the  most
fruitful discussions which we had last  April.  The exchange
of visits  between us,  our ministers and the peoples of our
two countries will certainly contribute to  the  enhancement
of bilateral  relations and cooperation between Malaysia and
Cambodia.
3.   The discussions which we had in  Phnom Penh last  April
as well  as  our  meeting  this  afternoon  have  helped  to
reinforce and further strengthen the new  era  in  Cambodia-
Malaysia relations.   We have been able to achieve a clearer
under standing of each other's concerns and needs.   We have
also been  able  to  exchange  views  on  issues  of  mutual
interest affecting this region.
4.   Southeast Asian countries are today blessed with a rare
opportunity   to   deepen   and   widen   cooperation  among
themselves.   Upheaval,   war  and  human  suffering  should
effectively be confined to the bins of history in  our  part
of the world.  The bitter history of distrust and fear must,
therefore, be firmly relegated to the past.  They should not
affect  our thinking or action.  We are now at the dawn of a
new history of Southeast Asia.  We must, therefore, continue
to cast our eyes firmly on the  future  so  as  to  chart  a
common  destiny for all the countries of this region through
increased cooperation among ourselves as well as with  other
countries outside the region.
5.   The talents and resources of the countries of Southeast
Asia  should  be  collectively mobilised to enhance regional
stability, security and prosperity.  They should be directed
towards increasing the level and  intensity  of  cooperation
among  all  of  us.    Our  two countries can make important
contributions through our bilateral cooperation as  well  as
through  our  active  participation  in regional cooperative
efforts.
6.   Malaysia is most delighted to learn that  Cambodia  has
expressed the clear intention to join ASEAN.  This is indeed
a very positive move on your part which will bring us closer
to  the  objective  of  making  ASEAN  truly  an association
embracing  all  ten  Southeast  Asian  nations.  ASEAN   was
conceived  to  strengthen  each  of  the member countries by
allowing them to pursue their domestic priorities  within  a
larger  environment  of  peace and stability.  ASEAN has now
achieved sufficient maturity.  This has not only  helped  to
strengthen  relations among countries in Southeast Asia, but
has  also  helped  to  contribute  to  the  development   of
individual  member  countries.   Malaysia welcomes and fully
supports Cambodia's desire to become a member of ASEAN.
7.   I should like to take this opportunity to  congratulate
your  Royal  Highness  and  Mr.  Hun  Sen  for  your  strong
commitment  towards   ensuring   stability   and   promoting
development  in your country.  I also salute your commitment
to democracy which the Cambodian people bravely won for your
country.   Despite  the  many  odds,  you  have  shown  your
determination  to  preserve the Cambodian people's trust and
confidence  in  your  Government's  efforts   to   build   a
foundation  for  peace,  stability, economic development and
social progress in Cambodia.
8.   I wish to reiterate that Malaysia remains committed  to
helping  in  the reconstruction and development of Cambodia.
Malaysia is prepared to cooperate and assist in any  way  we
can  to  help  Cambodia  through  this  crucial period.   We
appreciate the fact that you have made remarkable strides in
the brief  period  since  the  establishment  of  the  Royal
Government.
9.     Changes and reforms, usually require great sacrifice,
painful adjustments and,  very  often,  great  patience  and
discipline.  Malaysia and other countries in our region have
also  gone through such a difficult process of adjustment at
various times in our development.    We  are  ever-ready  to
share with Cambodia our experience.
10.    We note your serious efforts to reconstruct Cambodia.
The passage of the new Cambodian investment law is a step in
the right direction.  We hope that Cambodia  will  persevere
in  its  efforts  to  further  liberalise  and  develop  the
economy.    This  is  important  to  ensure  the   continued
improvement  of  the  well-being  of  the  Cambodian people.
Malaysia remains committed to increasing trade with Cambodia
and enhancing  our  relations  and  cooperation  in  various
fields.
11.    The  Malaysian  private sector is also keen to assist
Cambodia.  Malaysian industrialists and entrepreneurs  have,
over  the  years, gained both experience and expertise which
could be of mutual benefit to our two  countries.    We  are
indeed  pleased  that  in  the  past two years, the pace and
variety of trade and investment cooperation between our  two
countries have expanded.  We are also equally pleased to see
Cambodians  and  Malaysians  already  responding to emerging
economic opportunities, thereby contributing to  the  effort
to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
12.   The deep bond and enduring friendship between Cambodia
and Malaysia has clearly been evident in our  meetings  both
in  Phnom  Penh  and today in Kuala Lumpur.  Our discussions
have been most  fruitful,  and  I  look  forward  to  closer
cooperation between our two countries.
                           
 
 



 
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