Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned former opposition leader Sam Rainsy not to come to Asia, and called his Cambodia National Rescue Movement a terrorist organisation.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony yesterday, the Prime Minister said the government would take action against the movement if it appeared in Cambodia.
Mr Rainsy would be arrested if he came to Asia, he said, adding that he would not allow any secession movement in Cambodia.
“I would like to send a message – do not come to Asia,” he said, referring to Mr Rainsy. “If you try to be a terrorist, I will do my best to arrest you.”
Mr Rainsy recently launched the CNRM in the US claiming the movement intended to help the dissolved CNRP join the upcoming general election.
He also issued an action plan for the movement. He urged people to protest against the government, called on the armed forces not to shoot protesters and appealed to the international community to cut aid.
“Now they are declaring themselves as terrorists, not only an illegal organisation,” Mr Hun Sen said, adding that Cambodia could cooperate with other countries to arrest them.
CNRM members include Mr Rainsy; his wife Saumura Tioulong; and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eng Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom organisation has appealed to all Khmer Krom to stay quiet and not join the new CNRM, claiming the movement would cause violence.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan agreed that Mr Rainsy was creating a terrorism movement.
“Because of this action, Sam Rainsy will face legal action,” he said.