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Cambodia expresses condolences for Kim's death


19:37, December 19, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia expressed deep sympathy over the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Khieu Kanharith, the spokesman for the Government of Cambodia said on Monday.

"Cambodia is very sorry for the death of Kim Jong Il," said Kanharith, who is also the Minister of Information. "This is a great loss for the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."

"We hope that the unification plan between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea will still continue peacefully for the interests of the Korean peninsula, regionanl and global peace," he told reporters at the Ministry.

Koy Kuong, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, "Despite the death of Kim Jong Il, the good relations and cooperation between Cambodia and the DPRK are unchanged."

Kim Jong Il passed away on Dec. 17 at the age of 69 from a " great mental and physical strain" on the train during a field guidance tour, DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported on Monday.

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