Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Different stories on CNRP meet with Bishop

Different stories on CNRP meet with Bishop

Different stories on CNRP meet with Bishop

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been meeting with a number of Australian lawmakers in recent days, asking them to urge the Australian government to support his call for reform and a new election in Cambodia.

But while the Cambodia National Rescue Party leader had announced that he was set to meet Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday, he appears to have been snubbed, at least according to an Australian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, who said Rainsy instead met with the minister’s parliamentary secretary.

“A range of issues of mutual interest were discussed, including the domestic political situation in Cambodia and Australian development assistance,” the spokesperson said.

But CNRP deputy public affairs head Kem Monovithya said last night that Rainsy had spoken with “both” Bishop and the parliamentary secretary.

“There are 50,000 Cambodians living in Australia – they want the Australian government to pay attention to the human rights situation in the country of their ancestors,” Rainsy told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Rainsy also met with Greens Party leader Christine Milne on Tuesday, who backed Rainsy’s call and said he was “one of the strongest campaigners for democracy that you would find anywhere in the world”.

Senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap could not be reached for comment yesterday, but he criticised Rainsy’s constant appeals to the international community on Tuesday.

“In the circumstances of this political situation, only Khmers talking to Khmers can solve the problem,” he told local news outlet CEN.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM responds to Rainsy ticket claims

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday expressed frustration over claims by Sam Rainsy that he had altered Rainsy’s ticket with Thai Airways to prevent him boarding his November 7 flight to Thailand, from where he had claimed he would enter Cambodia. Hun Sen made the

  • Phnom Penh International Airport wins award as passenger traffic soars

    The Phnom Penh International Airport has been awarded Best Asia Pacific Regional Airport 2019 for its sustained high growth in passenger traffic in recent years. The award was presented by the Capa Centre for Aviation (Capa) – a world-leading and trusted organisation that provides market intelligence to

  • PM urges ‘democracies’ to learn from horrors Cambodia faced

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday chided countries that he said declared themselves a democracy while supporting a military coup that eventually gave birth to the Khmer Rouge regime. Speaking during the 2nd Asia-Pacific Summit at the Peace Palace, Hun Sen said without naming those

  • Princess Buppha Devi passes away aged 77

    Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, who was famous for her skills and key roles behind the Kingdom’s Royal Ballet, passed away on Monday from unspecified illness at a hospital in the Thai capital Bangkok, according to the official Facebook page of King Norodom Sihamoni. “May

  • PM: Request for release of plotters not due to pressure

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday said his request to have the supporters of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his “coup plot” released on bail was not made under international pressure. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 34 roads in Preah Sihanouk

  • Ministry deplores RFA report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Friday deplored as fake news a Radio Free Asia (RFA) report that it had received a copy of the European Commission’s assessment on the human rights situation in Cambodia as part of the Everything But