His Majesty Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, called on this morning the senators to strengthen their roles in order to bring more development to the country.
While presiding over the inaugural session of the 4th legislature of Senate held at the Senate Palace, Phnom Penh, the monarch said, The Senate of the 4th legislature shall continue to strengthen national and local democratisation, achieving progressive socio-economic development that supports general interests and enhances the people's quality of life.
As the representatives of commune/Sangkat councils, the Senate of 4th legislature shall also continue to push for the effective implementation of decentralisation and de-concentration policies in order to reduce poverty and to ensure that socio-economic development and national culture continue to prosper with equity, transparency, and accountability in accordance with good governance and the rule of law. At the same time, the Senate shall strive to promote justice and respect for human rights in order to nurture long-lasting harmony in our society, he underlined.
His Majesty the King continued that as recorded in history, Cambodian civilisation was one of the most prosperous. Hence as descendants, the Cambodians must join in solidarity to protect the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and to drive Cambodia's national development forward and to catch up with the new world development reality.
Our liberal multi-party democracy is purely based on national interests and national reconciliation. In this sense, it is vital for us to preserve peace and to promote sustainable development, he said.
His Majesty the King asked all senators to perform their respective duties with full respect for the disciplines, internal regulations, and code of ethics of the Senate for the Constitution and for other existing laws in order to raise confidence among the Cambodian people, who place their trust in the Senate to behave in a responsible manner.
The Cambodian monarch also expressed his appreciation for the achievements of the three previous terms of Senate since March 25, 1999. Since then, the Senate of Cambodia has been on a journey of peace and development under the framework of constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy, which have enabled it to reach concrete achievements and highest accountability, he said.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press