Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen slams call for meeting with Rainsy



Hun Sen slams call for meeting with Rainsy

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy address the press at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh in 2015. Heng Chivoan

Hun Sen slams call for meeting with Rainsy

Prime Minister-designate Hun Sen lashed out at political analyst Meas Nee for suggesting he meet with opposition figure Sam Rainsy, who lives in France, while in Europe.

Several analysts, in fact, called for the meeting, saying that political solutions could be solved with the help of the international community later this month during the leader’s trip.

Nee claimed that although the two leaders have political differences, they still have enough empathy to find solutions through a third party.

“If we look at their personalities, every day they express their feelings. Some are good and some are bad. When it is good, [they] are close to each other, but when [they] have a little argument, something white becomes black immediately."

“I still believe that on behalf of Cambodia, both Samdech [Hun Sen] and Sam Rainsy should take national benefits seriously and find an opportunity to work together,” Nee said.

Though Nee said now may not be the best time for Hun Sen and Rainsy to work together, in the future they could end disputes and avoid international criticism of Cambodia.

“If we just heard that the two sides had met, Cambodians across the country would applaud and maybe send them congratulatory messages. This is an encouragement from Cambodians, including me,” Nee said.

In October, Hun Sen will attend a meeting hosted by the European Union in Belgian capital Brussels.

Before that, the prime minister, as head of the new Cambodian government, will attend an UN convention in New York at the end of the month.

Sam Rainsy also has appointments in the same cities at the same time.

Cambodia Intellectual Association head Ruos Sarom said Hun Manet and Sam Sarum, the sons of both men, had met each other in June, claiming a reliable source told him about the meeting.

He further speculated that the feud between Hun Sen and Rainsy was exaggerated by both sides.

“During Samdech Hun Sen’s visit to Europe, I think it is a good idea if they can meet because the meeting between them produces nothing negative for Cambodia."

“They meet and they talk for the well being of Cambodians. Don’t mix personal problems with national problems."

“Sam Rainsy is a criminal only in Cambodia. If Sam Rainsy were an [international criminal], Interpol would have gotten him already, they would not let him walk all over the world like this,” Sarom said.

‘No negotiations’

However, according to Freshnews, Hun Sen said there would be no negotiations between him and Rainsy. He also denied the fact that there was a political crisis in the country.

“There will be no negotiations whatsoever between me and convict Sam Rainsy during my trip abroad to the US and the EU.

“I would like to say that Cambodia does not have a political crisis as foolishly analysed by Meas Nee. There is only a politician who has to undergo punishment under Cambodian law,” Hun Sen told Freshnews on Monday.

The CPP president further scolded Nee to stop analysing the political situation if he didn’t understand the problems.

“Meas Nee, if you are crazy, you are crazy alone. Do not trigger others to become crazy with [you]. If you are stupid and do not understand politics, do not be an analyst anymore,” Hun Sen told Nee.

Nee shrugged off the leader’s reaction, saying that it was par for the course with Hun Sen. “Sometimes, analyses have some loopholes. For me, I don’t think it is a big issue . . . I simply do what I can do,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration