HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 c304W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Cambodian Government; and if he will make a statement on UK-Cambodian relations. [53392]

Mr. Bradshaw

Opportunities for British Ministers to meet representatives of the Cambodian Government are limited. Cambodia does not have an embassy in London and plays only a limited role internationally. The last Foreign Office Minister to meet representatives of the Cambodian Government was the late Derek Fatchett in May 1998 during a visit to Cambodia. But British officials are in regular contact with the Cambodian Government through our embassy in Phnom Penh. We are keen to enhance UK/Cambodian relations and the Foreign Secretary wrote to his Cambodian counterpart in November 2001 encouraging the Cambodian Government to re-establish an embassy in London.