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Cambodia – Water festival tragedy

Cambodia – Water festival tragedy

Published on November 24, 2010
Statement by Michèle Alliot-Marie, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, November 23, 2010

I was very deeply shocked to learn of yesterday’s tragedy in Phnom Penh during the Water Festival which, according to the latest report, has left 350 people dead and injured very many others.

I understand just how shattered the Cambodian nation is by this tragedy which is plunging the whole of Cambodia into mourning at a time when she was celebrating one of her greatest traditional festivals.

In these tragic circumstances, I want to convey my heartfelt solidarity to the Cambodian authorities and people and on France’s behalf extend my condolences to the bereaved and wish the injured a speedy recovery./.

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