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Cambodia's opposition officials meet with US ambassador
Publication Date : 01-08-2012
Cambodian senior officials of the opposition Human Rights and Sam Rainsy parties had a two-hour meeting yesterday with US Ambassador William Todd to discuss the current political situation and next year's elections, sources said.
The meeting involved lawmakers Mu Sochua and Kim Souphirith and spokesman Yim Sovan from the Sam Rainsy Party and lawmaker Ou Chanrith and spokesman Pol Horm from the Human Rights Party.
Yim Sovan quoted Todd as saying that he came to Cambodia to boost respect for democracy and human rights and that solving Sam Rainsy's problems was an international issue.
Sam Rainsy is believed to be living in exile in France, the country where he has lived for most of his life.
Pol Horm said the meeting briefed the ambassador on the establishment of the Democratic Movement for National Rescue by the two parties ahead of their proposed merger.
Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak noted that Sam Rainsy had been sentenced to prison by a court of law.
"We have never banned Sam Rainsy from returning to the country. He has rights," he added.
Im Suosdey, president of National Election Committee, dismissed the repeated demands of the two opposition parties to reform the election committee.
“Sam Rainsy can not stand in the election next year as he's a convict," he said.
Sam Rainsy and Human Rights Party leader Kem Sokha are currently visiting the United States, Europe and Japan to drum up support for the opposition.