Defense Ministry condemns NGOs over election statement

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The National Defence Ministry on Friday rejected and condemned a statement made by Comfrel and other civil society organizations which called for the National Election Committee to warn any military officers who declared they would take action against a color revolution or anyone causing security problems in the country. 
 
The statement was released on Thursday after Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief General Pol Saroeun told troops recently to protect public order during the election campaign and on Election Day and fight against any color revolution. 
 
The organisations said they considered his statement a threat to voters. They called for military officers to respect the code of conduct and the law and called on the NEC to warn any officials who break the law. 
 
In the statement from the National Defence Ministry on Friday, the ministry said it considered the civil society organisation statement an order to the armed forces. The ministry added the statement was an insult to the reputation of the armed forces and called it incitement.
 
The ministry also added that the armed forces understand its role and the regulations of the NEC for the commune election. 
 
“The statement which was like an order to the royal armed forces seriously violated the armed forces reputation and is not acceptable,” the ministry said, adding that the speeches by senior officials did not impact the election process. 
 
It added that what the senior officials said referred to people who wanted to create insecurity, a color revolution and destroy the peace in Cambodia. 
 

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