Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, received here this morning at the Peace Palace visiting Mr. Surya P. Subedi, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia.
According to Senior Minister H.E. Om Yentieng, Chairman of Anti-Corruption Unit and Chairman of Cambodian Human Rights Committee, Mr. Subedi highly valued the meeting, saying that it was conducted in a friendly and honest atmosphere and ended with fruitful results.
The 3:30-hour talks touched on various topics, especially on human rights situation in Cambodia, judicial and election reforms, as well as the current situation in Cambodia, H.E. Om Yentieng told reporters.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen informed his guest over the new achievements in the judicial reform, saying that the draft laws on the statute for judges, on the organization and functioning of courts, and on the magistrates will be submitted soon to the cabinet meeting for discussion and approval before being sent to the National Assembly, said H.E. Senior Minister.
Regarding the election reform, the Cambodian premier said will be a much broader reform than the opposition party has demanded. The reform will focus not only on the election system, but also on time, registration methods and so on, he explained.
On human rights sector, Samdech Techo Hun Sen affirmed that Cambodia will continue the existing stance to work with different NGOs and development partners. “We never close our door, we always listened and gathered opinions from different milieus,” he stressed.
In reply to Mr. Subedi’s request for what he can help [Cambodia with the current situation], Samdech Techo Hun Sen asked him to help lobby the opposition party to “enter” the parliament.
“Entering parliament is the key to the current political issue,” H.E. Om Yentieng quoted Samdech Techo Hun Sen as saying.
The Cambodian prime minister also told Mr. Surya P. Subedi that the government needs the parliamentarians from both the ruling and opposition parties to “clean and control” its members, said H.E. Om Yentieng.