Cambodian authorities will welcome back home all the Cambodian nationals who left the country for the U.S. since 1994, affirmed here this morning Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
While visiting more than 15,000 factory workers and employees at Odem area in Khan Pursenchey, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia will not allow anyone to maltreat its own people, therefore Cambodia will receive back all Cambodians who had taken refuge in the U.S. after 1994.
Recently, Cambodia has called on the U.S. to reconsider the deportation of Cambodians convicted of crime in the U.S. as well as the issue of Cambodians who arrived in the U.S. after 1994.
The U.S. wants to repatriate them, so the royal government will receive them back. Cambodia will not allow anyone to mistreat them, we will help them integrate with their fellow citizens, he added.
In April, Cambodia made a clarification on the royal government's stance over the Cambodia-U.S. repatriation agreement, under which convicted Cambodians who are permanent residents in the U.S. are deported to their home country.
The Royal Government of Cambodia has no intention to write off this agreement, but requested the U.S. to amend it for humanitarian and human rights principles. For the Cambodian side, this agreement is a tragedy [for deported Cambodian-Americans] because it is a separation [from family] for life.
Cambodia and the U.S reached the repatriation deal in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2016, some 600 people were forced to return to Cambodia, according to Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press