A senior official of the Delegation of European Union to Cambodia has denied a statement regarding its stance on last year’s national election as claimed by Kong Korm, a former CNRP top advisor, in a Facebook post.
Mr Korm, Khmer Will Party honorary president, said during a Europe Day event on May 9 in Phnom Penh that outgoing EU Ambassador George Edgar had said that although the elections did not meet full standards, many countries recognized and continued relations with Prime Minister Hun Sen.
He claimed that Mr Edgar had also said that some former CNRP members were using the Everything-but-arms issues for their own political interests.
The EU in February launched its six month-long period of intensive monitoring and engagement period that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the market under the EBA trade scheme.
In an email to Khmer Times on Thursday, Simone Pieri, chargé d’affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia, denied the statement made by Mr Korm.
“Ambassador George Edgar made no statement on the lines quoted in your message.” Mr Pieri said referring to Mr Korm’s statement on his official Facebook page which he also sent to the press. “In relation to the 2018 election, there has been no change in the EU’s view.”
“As far as EBA is concerned, discussions are ongoing. The Cambodian authorities are well aware of EU concerns,” he added.
Mr Pieri also pointed to a statement made by the EU spokesperson in July last year on the general election in Cambodia.
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