The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh made this morning a statement on the January 7, 1979 which marked the victory over the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime.
On January 7, 1979, the city of Phnom Penh was liberated from the notorious Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodia began its journey toward a brighter and more hopeful future, said the statement.
On the 39th anniversary of that historic day, the U.S. Embassy remembers the two million lives lost during the Khmer Rouge era and the millions more who suffered. We also celebrate the ingenuity, courage, and perseverance with which the Cambodian people have emerged from this period of darkness, rebuilt their country, and carried forward the process of national reconciliation, it underlined.
This morning, more than 45,000 people, including civil servants, senior government officials, Buddhist monks, gathered at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh for the commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the January 7 Victory Day over the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime organised under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly and Honorary President of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP); and Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister and President of CPP.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press