(Phnom Penh): Speaking at the French Institute of Cambodia on October 20, President Emeritus Herman van Rompuy of the European Council and former president of Belgium noted that each country has different political conditions, cultures, values, ethnic composition and history.
Therefore the ways to achieve peace within each country whether in Europe or in ASEAN are different. Europe does not profess a single way to achieve or wants other countries to follow the European formula toward peace and development.
It appears that Mr. van Rompuy was suggesting that although Cambodian political situation appears tense the ways to peace are viewed differently by world leaders and thus the Cambodian ways to peace currently chosen by the Cambodian government might just be the right ones.
Mr. van Rompuy was speaking at the French Institute during his visit to Cambodia from October 15 to 21. He talked on a wide range of issues about Europe, the European Union and the secession movement in Catalonia, an area of Spain. On this particular issue, he noted that Catalonia’s action is unconstitutional and Europe does not support illegal action by a group within a member state.