Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned former opposition leader Sam Rainsy not to bring his Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM) to Asia.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, the prime minister said the government would take action against the movement if it appeared in Cambodia, saying it was terrorism.
“I would like to send a message – do not come to Asia,” he said. “If you try to be a terrorist, I will do my best to arrest you.”
Mr Rainsy recently launched the CNRM in the US and issued an action plan for the movement. He urged people to protest against the government, called on the armed forces to not shoot protesters and appealed to the international community to cut aid.
“Now they declared themselves as terrorists, not only an illegal organisation,” Mr Hun Sen said, adding that Cambodia could cooperate with other countries to arrest them.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association has appealed to all Khmer Krom to stay quiet and not join the new CNRM.