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Former CNRP members urge EU to keep EBA status

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Three former CNRP politicians, who recently had their political bans lifted, today called on visiting European Union delegates to re-consider the bloc’s plans to remove the Kingdom’s Everything-but arms trade status.

In a statement issued today, Chiv Kakta, Kang Kimhak and Ou Chanrath said they were optimistic that Cambodian politicians are capable of solving the country’s internal problems in accordance with the constitution.

“We believe that politicians on all sides must end political disputes to maintain trade benefits from the EBA and the US General System of Preferences (GSP), and to restore the country’s democracy and human rights protection,” Mr Chanrath said.

In the statement, the three men called on the European Commission team, currently on a fact-finding mission in Cambodia, to find a way to ensure that the country would not lose its EBA trade status.

“We still think that EBA, democracy and human rights protection are vital for the people and future of Cambodia,” Mr Chanrath said. “The loss of EBA will eventually trigger more pressure from the international community, such as the GSP, which could hurt millions of people and the development of the country.”

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