An overview of the legal obligations of the Royal Cambodian Government as well as obligations to other signatory states and the United Nations, created by the Paris peace accords, see: cchrcambodia.org/admin/media/factsheet/factsheet/english/2016_10_21_CCHR_fs_dhr_in_the_ppa_ENG.pdf Pablo Kang, Australia`s ambassador to Cambodia, posted a video on his Twitter account today in which he expresses his country`s commitment to support the principles of the agreements that led to the end of the war in Cambodia and the first post-Cold War peace mission. In this sense, the main political objective of the agreement was to remove Cambodia from the international agenda and allow it to recover from a generation of upheaval and conflict under an internationally recognized government. In 2012, a U.S. official who participated in the peace talks told me, „The Paris Accords essentially created a framework for putting politics back in Cambodia`s hands.“ „Japan also contributed to the Cambodian peace process by setting up the Tokyo conference on Cambodia in 1990 and sending Japanese personnel to UNTAC,“ he said. The treaty paved the way for the United Nations Transitional Administration in Cambodia (UNTAC), a peacekeeping mission that essentially led the country in 1992-93. Drawing on the spirit of the time – a period of dizzying liberal optimism that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union – the agreement also promised to turn a poor and conflict-shaken nation into a liberal democracy in which human rights would be respected and defended. „If there were no win-win policy that I formulated, edited and directed with the participation of all interest groups and the Cambodian people, there would be no peace as it is today,“ said Hun Sen. „I hope that politicians and people will judge the evolution of the country on the basis of these historical facts.“ Just as Hun Sen made his remarks, the demonstrations held to mark the anniversary in front of the American and Chinese embassies in Phnom Penh were violently dissipated. Professor Subedi commented on the two decades since the agreements were signed and noted that peace and stability had brought „enormous dividends“ to the country. The Paris peace accords imposed clear legal obligations on signatories – including the obligation to immediately hold appropriate consultations with the members of the Paris Conference – in the event of a breach of the agreements.  These commitments still exist today, despite cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen`s recent assertion that „the Paris peace agreement is like a ghost.“  „The agreements have put in place processes and institutions that have ended years of conflict and bloodshed and put Cambodia on the road to peacemaking,“ the U.S.
Embassy in Cambodia wrote today on its Facebook page. „Agreements should guarantee Cambodia`s sovereignty, independence and neutrality. Nearly three decades later, as friends and partners of the Cambodian people, we remain committed to these principles. The legacy of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which s meant to bring peace and democracy to the country, remains deeply contested. With Cambodia celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Paris peace agreement today, several embassies of the kingdom`s signatory countries have made statements reaffirming their commitment to the historic peace treaty. The desire to oppose efforts to promote democracy outside democracy and the attempt of its opponents to use and encourage it is one of the main reasons for Hun Sens`s recent accolade to an emerging China.