The British Embassy rejected the National Assembly’s recent statement that UK Ambassador William Longhurst would participate in the monitoring of the national election in July.
The disclaimer was made after the NA issued a statement on Friday, June 15, following the meeting between Mr Longhurst and National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin. It stated that the UK Ambassador will monitor the national election and leave the country sometime thereafter.
The Embassy made clear that the issue of monitoring the 2018 election was not raised by its ambassador.
“Our wish is that they [the elections] should be fully inclusive of all political parties. UK support for the Chevening scholarship programme and for mine action in Cambodia was also discussed.”
The Embassy pointed out that the National Assembly has already corrected its website and Facebook page to reflect the above.
The UK Ambassador informed the President of the NA that he would leave Cambodia at the end of June 2018 and would therefore not be present for the election.
Furthermore, he recalled previous cooperation with the NA during his tenure – in particular a joint workshop with women parliamentarians in 2015. He also reiterated the British government publicly stated concerns about the upcoming parliamentary election in July.