Ruling and Opposition Parties Agree on 3 Points

image001The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) image002agreed on three important points at the end of their political talks, according to a joint statement released this afternoon after the meeting.

Both parties agreed to respect and strictly adhere to the King’s royal message on Sept. 16 calling on demonstrators and security forces to stop using violence, to set up a mechanism to reform future elections, and to continue the talks at all levels to resolve the national issues.

The talks between CPP and CNRP top leaders started this morning at 9:00 am and ended at nearly 2:00 pm at the National Assembly. The CPP side was led by its Vice President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, while the CNRP side by its President H.E. Sam Rainsy.    

In a royal message released this morning, His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, urged all protestors and authorities to stop using violence in any form, but to uphold the culture of non violence, tolerance and utmost restraint so as to avoid national instability.

The monarch made the appeal after violent clashes broke out on Sept. 15, the first day of the CNRP’s three-day planned mass demonstrations, between protestors and security forces, killing a young man and injured several others.

According to the official election results, CPP won 68 out of the 123 seats at the National Assembly, while CNRP got the remaining 55 seats. But, CNRP rejected the results, and called for mass demonstrations from Sept. 15 to 17. It also threatened to boycott the inaugural session of the 5th legislature of the National Assembly scheduled to be held on Sept. 23 under the presidency of His Majesty the King.

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