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History of CCPC

History of CCPC

Background of Cambodian Christian Protestant Community

On November 2002, Cambodian Christian Protestant Community (CCPC) is founded by Government through Ministry of Religious and Cult for joint inauguration formulated Cambodian Interreligious Council (CIC).

On October 10 the inauguration ceremony of the Cambodian Interreligious Council (CIC) was held at a hall in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, under the patronage of His Majesty King Sihanouk.

The CIC was initiated as a national chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP); the ceremony marked the first coalition of Cambodia's Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian communities (Protestant and Catholic) to take joint action in search of peace.

The delegates--200 Buddhists, 200 Muslims, and 100 Christians--took part in the ceremony and welcomed representatives from the Cambodian government and the U.N. as well as guests from overseas organizations.

The opening remarks, delivered by His Excellency Mr. Chhorn Iem, secretary of state of the Cambodian Ministry of Religious Affairs, were followed by the introduction of the WCRP by Dr. William F. Vendley, secretary general. Six founding members from Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian communities in Cambodia offered comments on the establishment of the CIC. His Holiness Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong of the Mahanikaya Buddhist Order of Cambodia mentioned that this remarkable day was a historic event.

He also said that the ceremony encouraged people of different religions to come together in solidarity and cooperate with the government, the U.N., and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to bring about social stability in Cambodia.

Then the royal address of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk was read by proxy, and the Cambodian religious leaders signed their joint statement. Congratulatory messages were delivered by representatives of the Cambodian government, U.N. organs in Cambodia, and the WCRP.

In his congratulatory address as one of the international presidents of the WCRP, Rev. Nichiko Niwano, president of Rissho Kosei-kai, said that through his experience with the WCRP's interreligious cooperation he had realized the importance of collaborating with the religious and local communities and, above all, the significance of working together to solve real social problems.

He expressed his conviction that the CIC would demonstrate the ability of religions to contribute not only to social development but also to social reconciliation, to bring about peace in Cambodia.

The CIC hopes that Cambodian religious organizations will cooperate with the government, the U.N., and NGOs to help tackle the problems caused by the Pol Pot regime and the ensuing civil war: poverty, violation of human rights, environmental destruction, HIV infection, land mines, and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

To support the establishment of the CIC, the Japanese Committee of the WCRP will allot one million Japanese yen per year for three years from its Fund for Peace and Development. The WCRP also hopes to establish national chapters in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

On March 2003,CCPC. registered with Government through Ministry Interior and Ministry of Interior issued an official letter to Minister of Religious and Cults for let this Ministry awarded on how interesting about approval for CCPC registered also Chairman of National Assembly send an official letter to Ministry Religious and Cult for carefully understand the difference about Catholic and Protestant Community.

See website of United Nation (http://www.rk-world.org/newsarchive_2002.aspx

Now by unification and commitment,CCPC played it role through supporting by membership and outside World ,

CCPC increased membership by having now over 300 thousand members from net working channel through all denominations and independent Church operating Church in Cambodia.