No Role for Cambodia in Effort to Find Downed Malaysian Plane
By and | March 10, 2014

As regional governments rallied to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared Saturday over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, officials said it was unlikely Cambodia could contribute to the effort.

The disappearance of the Beijing-bound Boeing 777 jet, which was carrying 239 passengers, has seen several regional nations put aside their differences over maritime claims to the South China Sea to cooperate in the search effort.

Vietnam has been leading the search operation in waters that run close to its maritime border with Cambodia, while Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and China, which had 159 passengers on board, are together scouring the sea using warships and aircraft for signs of wreckage.

The Thai navy was also on Sunday lending vessels and aircraft to the mission, while the U.S Navy has also sent a destroyer to the region.

Kheng Tito, spokesman for the National Military Police, said that no decision had been taken on whether Cambodia would participate, although he added it was unlikely Cambodia could help.

“Even the U.S., China, and Vietnam cannot find the aircraft and Cambodia does not have that kind of technology,” he said, adding that Cambodia could possibly help when the wreckage is found.

“The government is ready to help the victims,” he said.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said that despite the territorial dispute in the region, Asean has an open sea policy.

“There is an agreement in place should any search and rescue operations need to be carried out.”

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Police in Pursat province on Monday said that a single, diesel-stained flip-flop recovered from the construction site where a 34-year-old Chinese supervisor was found murdered two weeks ago could belong to his killer, who is likely a co-worker at Pheapimex Group’s cassava plantation.

An amateur photographer has handed over a remarkable collection of images from at least 13 Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai border to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

Military police on Monday questioned a cleaner who works at the Phnom Penh headquarters of the Singapore-based HLH Group over her involvement in the attempted extortion of the development company’s CEO by a guard and inmate at the Kandal Provincial Prison, officials said.

Officials and villagers in Ratanakkiri province say illegal logging is once again on the rise inside the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary and completely unregulated by the Environment Ministry officials in charge of the nominally protected zone.

At least 24 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in traffic accidents across the country late last week and over the weekend, according to police, as Cambodians flocked to the provinces for the Pchum Ben holiday, which began Monday and runs until Wednesday.

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