31 Oct 2006
By Sam Borin
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
A high ranking official and a large democratic institution in Taiwan told the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation (KKF) that they will review their ability to include Khmer Krom people who are currently living in South Vietnam, on their future aid program.
This year, Taiwan is the host to the 8th UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) meeting which lasted 3 days and ended on Sunday.
Thach Ngoc Thach, KKF President, who has been re-elected as the President of UNPO, told RFA before departing from Taiwan last night that Taiwan Foreign Minister as well as the President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy have promised that their will pay attention and they accept to provide necessary support requested by KKF.
Thach Ngoc Thach said: “The program includes providing scholarships for students to continue their study in Taiwan. I also asked them to help follow up and do whatever they can so that Khmer Krom students can come to study in Taiwan, that’s my number one topic. Secondly, on religion, in Taiwan, there is a large number of Buddhists, I asked them to help provide Buddhism [in Kampuchea Krom] such as printing books, the (Buddhist) Tripitaka, and other religious books. They agree with the request and they asked that KKF send in their request (in writing) to them. When we return back (home), we will send these requests and ask for the various aids from the Foundation. We hope that we will receive the help as we discussed.