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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More than 1,000 employees at the Sun Well Shoes factory will return to work today after the factory made several concessions to the striking workers’ demands for better pay and conditions.

Thai customs officials on Saturday arrested a Chinese woman and a Vietnamese man at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport who were bound for Siem Reap International Airport carrying more than $300,000 in illegal African elephant ivory, Thai media reported Monday.

About 50 villagers from the Prey Tea village in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district protested in front of City Hall on Monday, demanding that municipal officials intervene in a land dispute with military officials and their families.

An early-morning fire in Pur Senchey district Monday completely gutted a garment factory that made jeans for U.S. retailer Kmart, killing one Chinese supervisor and injuring three others. Police said Monday afternoon that they are still searching for the cause of the blaze.

The CNRP’s 55 elected lawmakers moved a step closer to swearing into their positions in the National Assembly on Monday, with leaders of the opposition party and the ruling CPP settling on the president of rights group Licadho as the “consensus” member of the new electoral commission.

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