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Japan urges parties to talk ថ្ងៃអង្គារ 10 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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Ney Sam Ol, Cambodia’s permanent representative to the UN office.

The Japanese delegation to the United Nations (UN) expressed concern for the current political situation in Cambodia and urged all stakeholders to promote dialogue. The delegation’s remarks were read out at the UN’s 38th session on Human Rights on Thursday.

Mitsuko Shino, speaking for the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, said: “In order to resolve this issue, Japan believes it is important for all stakeholders, including the ruling party as well as the opposition, to promote dialogue among the Cambodian people.

“The government of Japan, therefore, requests that all sides do their utmost to resolve the current situation. There is not much time left until the national elections scheduled for the end of this month.”

“We call for a further effort by the Cambodian government and other stakeholders to ensure that the national election will be carried out in the proper manner that reflects the will of Cambodia’s citizens.”

Last year, Cambodia shut down about 30 radio stations, most of which rented airtime to US-based Radio Free Asia, and Voice of America.

The independent English-language Cambodia Daily also ceased operations due to unpaid taxes while the main opposition party – the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

Its leader, Kem Sokha, was arrested on treason charges and 118 of its members have been barred from taking part in politics for five years.

Nevertheless, the Japanese delegation said it would continue providing assistance to Cambodia, and Shino said Japan is helping to strengthen the rule of law in the Kingdom by assisting its legal system and donating to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

“We will continue to actively contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights in Cambodia,” she said.

Ney Sam Ol, Cambodia’s permanent representative to the UN office, defended the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the CNRP and noted that the decision cannot be appealed. “The government and ruling party have no role to play in that decision,” he said.

Sam Ol continued that recent criticism of Cambodia has followed a familiar script.

“It is no surprise that this prejudice [against Cambodia] has become a customary political practice and bargaining tactic of opposition parties and their cohorts,” he said, stressing that the previous election was deemed free and fair by international observers.

He also called on the international community to provide support and assistance to the Cambodian National Election Committee (NEC).

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