The Japanese government reiterated its intent to support Cambodia’s national election in July. A statement to this effect was made at the meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Lieutenant General Hun Manet, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on Thursday, April 26, in Japan.
According to Mr Manet’s Facebook post, his official visit to Japan followed an invitation by Mr Abe. The visit aimed to enhance the cooperation between both countries.
“His Excellency, Japan’s Prime Minister, confirmed clearly that Japan continues to support the election process in Cambodia,” Mr Manet wrote, adding that Japan wishes Cambodia may reconsider some of its actions in order to make the election free, fair and a true reflection of the voters’ wills.
In February, Japan’s ambassador to Cambodia, Hidehisa Horinouchi, signed an agreement granting about $7.5 million in aid to the National Election Committee (NEC) for the July 29 general election. The NEC was appreciative because the EU and the US had cut funding to the NEC following the dissolution of CNRP.
While in Japan, Mr Manet met many key figures including Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Kazuyuki Nakane; the former special representative to the UN and secretary general of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Yasushi Akashi; and Fujita Yukihisa and Ryu Shionoya, both members of the Japanese Parliament.
Mr Manet, in separate talks with Mr Yukihisa and Mr Akashi, told of the political situation in Cambodia and the government’s commitment to maintain peace, enhance democracy, strengthen rule of law, and defend its sovereignty.