Supporters of the former opposition party today opened a two-week conference in the United States by issuing a five-point strategy to ensure the safe return of Sam Rainsy to Cambodia, a move highly criticised by CPP officials and the pro-Kem Sokha faction alike.
Eang Chhay Eang, a former opposition supporter who was named CNRP vice president, said the strategy includes how to welcome Sam Rainsy back in Cambodia, securing a budget for the return, expanding political relations, increasing anti-government information and aiming to make positive changes this year.
“Domestic and international supporters agreed to do these five things,” Mr Chhay Eang said. “First we’ll create a working group to welcome Mr Rainsy home and then we will expand our overseas ties.”
“We make decisions together so we can express our stance on Mr Hun Sen’s holding of CNRP as his political hostage with the EU,” he added. “The CNRP supports the measures taken by the EU to encourage the restoration of democracy in Cambodia.”
The supporters will meet for a total of five days until February 3 in four states, including Massachusetts, California, Texas and Washington to discuss recent political developments in Cambodia.
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