Thursday, November 07, 2013

Opposition tells CPP: Agree, or talks off

CNRP deputy president Kem Sokha addresses supporters in Phnom Penh last month. Yesterday, the opposition leader said that bilateral party negotiations will halt unless a resolution is set by the year’s end. PHA LINA

Opposition tells CPP: Agree, or talks off

Opposition leaders have given the ruling party an ultimatum: Agree to our demands by the end of the year or the talks are over.

Kem Sokha, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president, said yesterday that after discussing the matter with party president Sam Rainsy, they had decided to issue the ultimatum and warn the authorities that further mass demonstrations would be held if they did not comply.

“We give the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) from now until the end of the year. If we can’t determine the reality of the election irregularities by then we have a new plan – negotiations will be over,” he said.

Sokha added that if the party’s demands – an independent electoral investigation, the resignation of members of the National Election Committee and the implementation of reforms recommended by the UN and election monitors – were not met, rallies that would dwarf those held in late October would be organised.

The announcement came less than a week after Rainsy said his party would not set pre-conditions for talks with the CPP. The parties held a largely fruitless discussion on Tuesday, pledging to hold more meetings in the future.

The ruling party has thus far refused to discuss an electoral investigation, pointing to a September 16 agreement between the parties that committed only to electoral reform.

Prum Sokha, secretary of state at the Interior Ministry, said it would be difficult for the CPP to accept all the demands of the opposition, adding the move was probably a bid to score political points coming so soon after the public withdrawal of pre-conditions.

The CNRP could be making this announcement “out of more political than legal motivations”, he said. “No one can force the NEC to resign because it’s an independent institution founded in the law.”

While the new two-month deadline for dialogue would be enough time to yield results, Cambodian Center for Human Rights president Ou Virak called for patience from both sides to end the deadlock.

“The main national interest is to keep both sides at the negotiation table,” he said. “If [they] want fast [results], they should state clearly how to achieve it.” 


Anonymous said...

A very simple demands from CNRP and the voters, why is the CPP keep dragging it frets over and over again month after month.

In Australia Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) misplace 1375 votes paper. And they immediately recount and apology made to voters and to the parties involved.

in Cambodia we have more than 2 millions voters who raises concerns over voting irregularities, cheating, stealing and vote rigging. NEC did nothing to investigate and make it transparent to the Cambodian public. In short NEC and CPP is a "chicken" they are scared of the truth.

I think CNRP demands is feasible and achievable but CPP MPs majority are criminals and it associate are the same so they don't want to reveal that they are guilty of vote rigging and or stealing. They want to negotiate but do nothing as an outcome like their policy "no" change and "no" action. Cambodian citizen must stay united to fight CPP MPs criminals. These people small in size have managed to destroy Cambodian life and country for far too long...

Anonymous said...

On your next picnic more chips more dips please and bring in the Comedians and instead of Ramvong let's do the TWIST and MADIZON. LMAO

Anonymous said...

and why CPP should listen to your demand? All these talks, protest, begging international community for help didn't scare CPP a bit, so what makes you think this demand will work?

Anonymous said...

forcing others to agree with you, what kind of negotiation is that? a bias, one-sided by the cnrp, that is! i say they need to study from america on how to get along and how to deal with others! most khmer thinking are still a little primitive! wake up, already! look around the world and see how others deal with their problem solving!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I don't understand why CNRP still negotiate with these Viet Cong's DOGS.

Stand up and fight for justice and people's right!

Hoon Xen's hands are full of Khmer's blood! He killed many Khmer. It is time for him to go to hell!

Anonymous said...

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