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Obama first president to visit Cambodia

3 years ago November 19, 2012 Nov 19, 2012 Monday, November 19 2012 Monday, November 19, 2012 9:26:09 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - President Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the "killing fields" of its genocidal communist regime in the 1970s.

The White House is making it clear that he's only in Cambodia to attend an East Asia summit, and the visit isn't an endorsement of Cambodia's prime minister, Hun Sen. He's been criticized for what some say is his violent, authoritarian rule.

Earlier, in a speech in Myanmar, Obama warned that the country's new civilian government has to nurture democracy, or watch it disappear -- along with U.S. support.

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