PHNOM PENH — Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia received the U Thant Peace Award Sept. 6 at a ceremony in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At a meeting beforehand, Sri Chinmoy told the Prime Minister that he is the “heart and the breath of Cambodia” and praised him for “the hope you have instilled in the heart of every Cambodian and the promise you have made to the life of every Cambodian.“

The Prime Minister replied, “I am very grateful to my elder brother for your kind words, which are ... not only an encouragement to myself but also to all the people of Cambodia.”

Later, at a ceremony attended by some 300 Ministers and other government officials, Sri Chinmoy presented Hun Sen with the U Thant Peace Award on behalf of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.

He told the gathering that Hun Sen’s “heart dreams in and through each citizen of Cambodia. He is your hope and you are his hope.”

The Prime Minister called the honor one of “the most meaningful events in my career and the development of my country.”


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia receives a medal from Sri Chinmoy.

Published in Anahata Nada, August – Early November 2005