Who is Hor Nambora?
Living as an exile in Paris, Nambora was studying physics and mathematics when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975. Believing they represented a fresh hope for the war-torn country, Nambora returned to Cambodia where he was immediately interned in a labour camp. On his release in 1979 he chose to stay in Cambodia. He worked as a researcher at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum from 1980 to 1985 and as director of the Humanitarian Relief Committee in Kompong Som Port from 1986 to 1987. In 1988 he joined the Foreign Ministry and within a few years was appointed to posts in Thailand and then with the United Nations in Geneva.
In 1996 Nambora returned to Cambodia to enter politics, accepting the titles of Under-secretary of State and Foreign Affairs Adviser from prime minister Hun Sen. In 1999 he returned to diplomacy when he was appointed ambassador to Australia and New Zealand. Nambora used his position there to improve ties between ASEAN leaders and those countries. In 2004 he was transferred to London when he was appointed ambassador to the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. He became the first Cambodian ambassador to the United Kingdom since the embassy was abandoned in 1975. In 2011 the ambassadorship to Ethiopia was added to his responsibilities.
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