Cambodia Not to Return to Single-party System

Even without the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia will not return to the one-party system.

The affirmation was made by Cambodian Senior Minister, H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, while receiving here yesterday an EU delegation led by Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, European External Action Service, H.E. Chum Sounry, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, told reporters.

In the meeting, H.E. Prak Sokhonn explained in detail to the EU delegation the current political situation in Cambodia, saying that without CNRP, there are many more political parties to compete in the next national election in 2018 which will be conducted in a free and just manner.

The Cambodian top diplomat also expressed his regret over the EU's declaration which, he said, does not reflect the real and true situation in Cambodia.

There are more than 5,000 NGOs in Cambodia and the closure of National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the Kingdom is because this international organisation did not sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, he added.

Concerning The Cambodia Daily case, H.E. Prak Sokhonn explained that this newspaper ceased its operations itself after failing to pay taxes.

For his part, Mr. Gunnar Wiegand spoke highly of the good cooperation, development assistance, and trade exchange between Cambodia and EU.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press