Sent: Tue 20/11/2012 4:19 PM
We are contacting you as a person we know (or have identified) as having an association with Cambodia/UNTAC in 1992-93 to inform you about a proposed gathering in Canberra on Saturday May 25, 2013.
Background: In May 1993, despite threats from the Khmer Rouge, over 4 million Cambodians (about 90% of eligible voters) participated in elections, the first after the devastating reign of Pol Pot and occupation by the Vietnamese. A democratically elected government was installed which, despite some serious stumbles along the way, holds to this day.
The elections occurred more than a year after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords (23 October 1991) and the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 745 (adopted 28 February 1992). Under the banner of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) there is probably little doubt they could have occurred without the intensive support provided by the international community through UNTAC, non-government organizations (NGO) and diplomatic missions.
Australia played a key role in this process. From those involved with the Paris Peace Accord to UNTAC, military, NGO and diplomatic personnel, hundreds (if not thousands) of Australians spent time in Cambodia in the 1992-93 period. Twenty years on, democracy holds and the professional and social ties of Aussies who lived and worked intensively together during that period live on in many ways.
Proposal: To mark the occasion of this 20 year Anniversary we are proposing a gathering in Canberra of those who lived, worked and served in Cambodia during the 1992-93 (UNTAC) period. We propose the occasion will revolve around a dinner at Royal Military College Duntroon on Saturday May 25 2013. Other social gatherings will be organized also depending on numbers and interest.
We propose to make this a fundraising event for a Cambodian charity (to be nominated) and the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project
( http://www.peacekeepingmemorial.org.au/ )
Request: If you think you might be interested in attending please reply to one or all of us (as listed below) with your name and email address and we’ll keep you informed on details. To get a ‘guage’ on the levels of interest we ask for your non-committal reply by 30 November.
Importantly, please also forward this invitation to anyone you know who was involved in Cambodia during this period or, send us names and any contact details you have and we’ll endeavor to try and get in touch with them. Please also feel free to convey suggestions or ideas to us about what this weekend might involve, potential sponsors, charitable beneficiaries or anything else that comes to mind.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that with your support, we can get this idea through to fruition,
Lisa Studdert (formerly of Australian Mission) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Mason (formerly of NGO Catholic Relief Services, Australia) - email@example.com
Peter Daniel (formerly of UNTAC and still of Australian Army) - firstname.lastname@example.org
[And together constituting ¾ of the organizing committee for the Australian - Irish Bushdance of July 1993 – the ‘band back together”]