[ It is a dialogue of deaf ]
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- A senior official from the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) rejected the request by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to have a United Nations representative referee the negotiations between the two parties.
Khieu Kanharith, spokesman for the CPP, said that the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) should respect the national constitution and the decisions of Cambodia's high institutions such as the Constitutional Council and the National Election Committee.
"The request by the CNRP for negotiations with the CPP is like a ball being thrown at the CNRP’s leg, which can begin when they kick it," he said.
However, Kanarith said that representatives from national civil society organizations, UN, as well as journalists are allowed to be observers during the negotiations.
A UN representative will not be a referee in the negotiations, he added.
Cheam Yeap, member of the CPP’s Permanent Committee, said that now the milled rice has become cooked rice because the National Assembly and the government have already begun their duties, and many countries as well as international organizations have already recognized the fifth term of the Cambodian government.
Sam Rainsy’s request to have a UN representative as referee in the negotiations between the two parties is not acceptable, he said.
The working groups from the CPP and the CNRP will resume talks over the election disputes on November 5.
The CNRP has announced three agendas up for negotiations.
The agendas for the CPP to consider included the CNRP's demand for an establishment of independent poll inquiry committee, election reforms, and their demand for some National Election Committee members to step down from their posts.