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Hun Sen refuses to meet Sam Rainsy

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reiterated that there will be no negotiation between him and former opposition leader Sam Rainsy during his scheduled visits to Europe and the United States.


His denial came as a political analyst called for him and Mr Rainsy to hold talks to ease political tensions in Cambodia after the former opposition CNRP was dissolved in November.

Mr Hun Sen yesterday slammed political analyst Meas Nee for suggesting that talks be held with Mr Rainsy.

“No negotiation ever happened between me and Sam Rainsy during my trips abroad. I want to tell you that there is no political crisis in Cambodia as suggested by stupid analyst Meas Nee. There is only politicians carrying out the law in Cambodia,” he told local media. “Meas Nee, if you are foolish, then please be foolish by yourself. If you are uneducated and do not understand politics, stop being an analyst.”

Mr Nee could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr Nee was quoted by local media accusing the government of benefiting from the exile of Mr Rainsy and jailing of former opposition members.

He noted that the only way for Cambodia to redeem itself in the eyes of the international community is for Mr Hun Sen to begin the process of national reconciliation during his trips abroad.

Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath welcomed Mr Nee’s suggestion, saying that national reconciliation would only benefit the nation.

“Meas Nee has just requested Cambodia’s unity and whether Hun Sen wants to meet or not that is up to him,” Mr Chanrath said. “I think that we do have a political crisis on our hands since the dissolution of the CNRP.”

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said yesterday that Mr Rainsy, who is in exile in France, will not have a chance to meet with Mr Hun Sen.

“The rebel leader cannot be allowed to meet with Cambodian delegates,” Mr Eysan said. “There is no need to discuss political resolution because Cambodia is not in a political crisis at all.”

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