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Prime Minister Hun Sen waves as he leaves the Senate in 2014 after concluding negotiations with senior members of the CNRP.
Prime Minister Hun Sen waves as he leaves the Senate in 2014 after concluding negotiations with senior members of the CNRP. Heng Chivoan

US envoy’s appeal won’t spur negotiations: CPP

Prime Minister Hun Sen has no plans to negotiate with his Cambodia National Rescue Party counterparts, a ruling party spokesman reiterated yesterday, following calls for intra-party talks last week by a senior US diplomat.

During his visit to the Kingdom last week, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel expressed concern over the lack of dialogue between the two main parties and called for an environment where all politicians could compete freely.

His comments followed mounting criticism over what has been characterised as the use of the courts by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to target political opponents.

However, CPP officials maintain the slew of cases against CNRP members and top leaders are merely criminal matters.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan yesterday repeated the party’s line that it could not interfere in the judiciary – something it’s been repeatedly accused of doing – and must wait until the court proceedings against opposition members end.

He also downplayed the appeal by Russel, saying his visit was not to pressure the party, but to strengthen the countries’ friendship. “[Russel] requested we [meet to negotiate], but we said that we have not yet been able to meet,” he said. “He did not try to force anything.”

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said the party had no leverage on the CPP to force talks, but added that he hoped the parties can reach a solution once the cases conclude.

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savath.pou's picture

For CNRP supporters, Sam Rainsy is a God-sent Opposition leader. To their eyes, he is on par with Samdech Decho Hun Sen who's been in power for a little more than three decades now. But for me though, Sam Rainsy is just a child politician.
In his entire political career, all he's been doing is something to impress the general public either local or foreign, the things that are universally known as political stunts. In other words, the CNRP president can be politically likened to a toddler who likes to play with a box of matches. Now he's got burnt, and he has no-one to blame but himself.
Why am I saying so? It's simply because in politics, particularly in hostile environment, you have to measure every single move you are about to make and weigh every single action you are about to take. Otherwise, you'd end up being crushed by your opponent. So when you are crushed, don't blame your opponent. You want power, no-one is blaming you. But by the same token, your opponent want to keep it as long as they possibly can. Comprende!
Sydney, 31st October 2016 at 7:35 PM AEDT.
Savath Pou,
Senatore Expelled.