Thursday, April 12, 2012

Khmer New Year

Flag of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia as you celebrate the Khmer New Year.

For years, the United States and Cambodia have worked together to create a brighter future for both our people by increasing trade, strengthening civil society, and improving health. Today, we are finding new ways to broaden our relationship and address challenges - from promoting regional security and democracy to expanding global health and development.

Flag of "Democratic Kampuchea"
As you gather with family, friends and neighbors to honor Cambodia's rich traditions and culture, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Congratulations and best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous, and happy New Year.

Note: The Cambodian people have come a long way since the Khmer Rouge, period, when the Marxist-Leninist Khmer Rouge took power, declaring the country Democratic Kampuchea, and began a genocide that killed 1 out of 3 people in the entire country in just three years.  Google search "Killing Fields" for more information.

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