Phnom Penh, Dec 29 (AP) Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen has inaugurated a monument marking the 1998 end of the threat from the communist Khmer Rouge movement, which ruinously ruled the country in the late 1970s and then carried on a guerrilla war. Also Read - Elephant Living in Chains for 30 Years in a Pakistani Zoo Set to be Free, Finds New Home In Cambodian Sanctuary

The monument just north of Phnom Penh is dedicated to what Hun Sen called his “Win-Win Policy,” which saw the last two top Khmer Rouge leaders surrender in December 1998, eliminating it as a political force and security threat. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to World Leaders, Discusses Coronavirus Pandemic, Assures Possible Cooperation

Hun Sen had once served with the Khmer Rouge, which seized power after a bloody 1970-75 civil war. Also Read - Cambodia Government Denies Signing Secret Naval Base Deal With China

He defected in 1977 to Vietnam, whose invasion ousted the Khmer Rouge from power in 1979. In 1985, he became prime minister, and this year vowed to serve 10 more years in office. AP KUN KUN

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