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Talks between Cambodia's ruling, opposition parties at risk

Publication Date : 20-02-2014


Negotiation between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is at risk as Sam Rainsy, CNRP president, warned a halt in the talks if disturbance and threats by authorities continue.

The warning was made ahead of his departure with his deputy Kem Sokha and other officials to meet with supporters in Kampong Chhnang province, and after recent disturbances at CNRP rallies.

Speaking at a news conference, Sam Rainsy said he would stop negotiating temporarily with CPP if it deploys its supporters to disturb the public forum of CNRP in Kampong Chhnang this afternoon.

Rainsy also accused the CPP of being unfaithful and having no willingness to negotiate with CNRP in breaking the country’s political stalemate.

Kem Sokha, deputy president of the party, said CNRP cannot hold any negotiation under such threatened and violent conditions.

On Tuesday, CPP, and CNRP agreed to set up a joint committee for future election reforms after a meeting between their working groups at the Senate. 

A CPP source said the CNRP just wanted to find an excuse to lay the blame on the CPP. “ CPP always wishes to solve the election issues based on peaceful means,” the source added.


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